New Delhi, Feb 9: US President Donald Trump called Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday. The two leaders discussed a number of global issues including Maldives political crises and vowed to continue working to enhance security and prosperity in the Indo-Pacific region.
According to the White House statement “While discussing the cooperation between their democracies on Thursday, duo looked forward to the “2+2 Meeting” of Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman and External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj with US Defence Secretary Jim Mattis and Secretary of State Rex Tillerson in April”.
“Both leaders expressed concern about the political crisis in Maldives and the importance of respect for democratic institutions and rule of law,” it asserted.
President Trump and Prime Minister Modi iterated their commitment to support Afghanistan too.
The statement said, “Affirming President Trump’s South Asia strategy, they reiterated their commitment to supporting Afghanistan’s security and stability”.
Duo also exchanged views on Myanmar and ways to address the plight of the Rohingya refugees, who are in the process of getting repatriated to Burma.
Many countries have called for the safe and involuntary repatriation of around 680,000 Rohingyas, who have taken refuge in Bangladesh.