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


US President Donald Trump and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, with an unfolding political crisis in Maldives on top of their agenda.

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.

Trump and Modi also discussed Afghanistan, a country at the center of India's rivalry with Pakistan, where New Delhi has recently increased foreign aid.

As envoys for the Yameen administration have been sent to China, Pakistan and Saudi Arabia, the U.S. joined India in condemning the political crackdown.

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While the crisis in Maldives "seemed to be the point of the call" on Thursday, little on the issue was included in the readout, except that the two leaders 'expressed concern'.

The Yameen government has refused to implement the ruling, prompting a wave of protests in Maldives capital, Male.

On Afghanistan, which was the keystone of the South Asia Strategy announced in August 2017, they reiterated their commitment to support efforts to support the violence-wracked nation's security and stability. United States has maintained that it is not advisable for the refugees to leave Bangladesh for now. However, the USA believes that this is not the right time for the return of Rohingya refugees.

On the growing threat posed by North Korea, Trump and Modi discussed further steps to ensure its denuclearisation.

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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.

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

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

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