Trump, India's Modi Discuss Afghanistan, Rohingya Crisis In Phone Call

Prime Minister Narendra Modi and US President Donald Trump also exchanged views over phone call on Myanmar and ways to address the plight of the Rohingya refugees

In fact, the White House readout went so far as to reveal that "President Trump and Prime Minister Modi then discussed further steps to ensure denuclearization of North Korea", drawing India into a crisis that the U.S. has been trying to handle with surrounding powers such as China, Russia, Japan, and South Korea.

As envoys for the Yameen administration have been sent to China, Pakistan and Saudi Arabia, the United States joined India in condemning the political crackdown. The court had said that their trials were "politically motivated and flawed".

"India was, in fact, the first stop planned and proposed for a visit of a special envoy of the president of Maldives". However, the Government had refused to listen to the pleas.

While the USA and UN have imposed several sanctions on North Korea, India maintains diplomatic ties with the nation.

The two leaders spoke on enhancing security in Indo-Pacific region, Afghan war, ongoing political crisis in the Maldives, the situation of Myanmar's Rohingya refugees and North Koreas nuclear program.

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

"President Yameen has systematically alienated his coalition, jailed or exiled every major opposition political figure, [and] deprived elected Members of Parliament of their right to represent their voters in the legislature", a statement from the US State Department said.

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.

President Trump and PM Narendra Modi spoke on the phone for the first time in January previous year.



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