Published: Mon, February 12, 2018

Modi, Trump reiterate commitment for stable Afghanistan

Modi, Trump reiterate commitment for stable Afghanistan

US President Donald Trump spoke to Prime Minister Narendra Modi over the phone on a wide range of issues, informed the White House on Thursday. Washington recently cut aid to Pakistan, India's nuclear-armed neighbor and arch-rival, over accusations it failed to root out Taliban and Haqqani network militants that have contributed to the long-running war in Afghanistan.

After the Supreme Court overturned the terrorism conviction of former President Mohamed Nasheed as well as the convictions of eight other politicians on several charges, Yameen clamped down the emergency. However, the Government had refused to listen to the pleas.

The two leaders reiterated their commitment to Afghanistan's security, a White House statement said on February 8.

Modi and Trump also exchanged views on Burma and ways to address the plight of the Rohingya refugees, the White House said.

The two leaders also addressed the plight of more than 680,000 Muslim Rohingya who have fled Myanmar since past year to Bangladesh after the Myanmar military cracked down in northern Rakhine State, amid witness reports of killings, looting and rape, in response to militant attacks on security forces.

At the same time, the USA administration has begun efforts to heighten military and economic relations with India, partially to balance China's more-assertive foreign policy in Asia.

Not only this according to the White House, during the call, Trump and Modi discussed further steps to ensure denuclearisation of North Korea.

The dialogue would be held between External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj and Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman from India along with their American counterparts Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and Defence Secretary Jim Mattis, TOI said.

This is the first call between the two leaders after a report that Trump mimics Modi's Indian accent.

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