Trump, Modi discuss Maldives crisis

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The Indian Prime Minister and the US President have reiterated the importance of respect for democratic institutions and rule of law, the statement added.

As part of this strategy, he discussed the situation in Maldives, Afghanistan, Myanmar and N. Korea with his Indian counterpart, PM Narendra Modi on a phone-call. He has also been deepening ties with his other South Asian ally, India to counter an aggressive China in the sub-continent.

A tweet issued by Atul Keshap, Ambassador of the United States to the Maldives and Sri Lanka, said that the "two leaders expressed concern" over the current situation in the Maldives and the "importance of respect for democratic institutions and rule of law".

The embattled president of the Indian Ocean nation has sent envoys to friendly nations such as China, Pakistan, and Saudi Arabia to brief them on a political crisis that spurred the imposition of a state of emergency.

India has increased aid to Afghanistan in recent years and promised in 2016 to ship more arms, aggravating fears in Pakistan it will become wedged between two hostile nations.

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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'.

Modi and Trump also shared the view on Myanmar and ways to address the plight of the Rohingya refugees.

Modi and Trump also spoke about North Korea and its nuclear programme.

The dialogue would be held between External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj and Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman from India along with their American counterparts Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and Defence Secretary Jim Mattis, TOI said.

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