February 22, 2018

US President and Indian PM discuss Maldivian issue in a phone call

11 February 2018, 06:15 | Winifred Adams

Trump, Modi discuss Maldives, Afghanistan, Myanmar, North Korea over phone call: White House

US President Trump and PM Modi discuss Maldives over the phone call

The talk comes amid the United States' massive crackdown on Pakistan for its failure to act on terrorism.

Amid escalating political crisis in Maldives, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and US President Donald Trump spoke on phone yesterday and discussed the developments in the tiny island nation, the White House said.

The two leaders spoke over phone during which they discussed wide range of regional and global issues.

Last month, Trump administration blocked $2-billion military aid to Pakistan.

The Maldives crisis was triggered by a surprise Supreme Court decision to release from jail former president and opposition leader Mohamed Nasheed and eight other political prisoners.

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Trump and Modi also addressed North Korea, the White House said.

While China is backing Maldivian President Abdulla Yameen amid a political crisis, New Delhi and Washington share a common perspective and want a return to democracy and an end to the state of Emergency declared by Yameen on Monday. The conversation also included the 680,000 Rohingya refugees from Myanmar who have been living in Bangladesh, and which has strained the economy of the country.

Recently Myanmar and Bangladesh agreed on a roadmap of return of these refugees to their homes in Myanmar.

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.

The dialogue would involve External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj and Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman from India along with their American counterparts Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and Defense Secretary Jim Mattis.

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