PM Modi, Donald Trump Over Phone Discuss Maldives, Rohingya, North Korea: White House

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The Trump administration has actually introduced an effort to deepen economic and military ties with India as a method to stabilize China’s assertive posture across Asia.

World|Reuters|Updated: February 09, 2018

Narendra Modi and Donald Trump discussed matters of political significance over phone on Thursday

HIGHLIGHTS

  • PM Modi, Donald Trump went over the political crisis in Maldives
  • They likewise spoke about Rohingya who fled Myanmar publish military crackdown
  • Both reaffirmed their dedication to preserve peace in Afghanistan

WASHINGTON: U.S. President Donald Trump and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi spoke by phone on Thursday, going over subjects including the political crisis in the Maldives, the war in Afghanistan and the plight of Rohingya refugees from Myanmar, the White House said.

The Trump administration has actually launched an effort to deepen military and financial ties with India as a method to balance China’s assertive posture throughout Asia.

The Maldives, best understood for luxury tourist resorts, has ended up being another arena of contest for India and China after it signed up to Beijing’s Belt and Road initiative to build trade and transportation links throughout Asia and beyond.

The embattled president of the Indian Ocean country has actually sent envoys to friendly countries such as China, Pakistan and Saudi Arabia to inform them on a political crisis that spurred the imposition of a state of emergency situation.

Trump and Modi “expressed concern about the political crisis in the Maldives and the significance of respect for democratic institutions and rule of law,” the White House said in a statement.

They repeated their commitment to Afghanistan’s security, the statement added. Washington recently cut aid to Pakistan, India’s nuclear-armed neighbour and arch-rival, over allegations it cannot root out Taliban and Haqqani network militants that have contributed to the long-running war in Afghanistan.

India has actually increased help to Afghanistan recently and guaranteed in 2016 to ship more arms, worsening fears in Pakistan it will become wedged between two hostile countries.

The 2 leaders also addressed the predicament of more than 680,000 Muslim Rohingya who have actually run away Myanmar given that in 2015 to Bangladesh after the Myanmar military cracked down in northern Rakhine State, amid witness reports of killings, looting and rape, in reaction to militant attacks on security forces.

Trump and Modi also attended to North Korea, the White House said. Washington has actually been leading diplomatic efforts to ramp up global pressure on Pyongyang over its nuclear weapons and rocket programs, out of concern they may ultimately enable North Korea to assault the United States.

Although India and North Korea maintain diplomatic workplaces in each other’s capitals, New Delhi has prohibited trade of the majority of goods with the country, except for food and medicine.

Indian Foreign Minister Sushma Swaraj consulted with U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson in October in New Delhi and protected India’s ties with Pyongyang, stating some level of diplomatic existence was necessary to keep open channels of communicati