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US President Trump speaks to Modi over phone, express concern over Maldives crisis

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    US President Donald Trump spoke to Prime Minister Narendra Modi over the phone on a wide range of issues. Trump also expressed concern over the Maldives crisis. The talk comes amid the United States' massive crackdown on Pakistan for its failure to act on terrorism.

    US president Donald Trump speaks to Modi, express concern over Maldives crisis

    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.

    "Both leaders expressed concern about the political crisis in Maldives and [talked about] the importance of respect for democratic institutions and rule of law," the White House said.

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

    The leaders agreed to strengthen security and economic cooperation as they look forward to the 2+2 ministerial dialogue between their defense and diplomatic officials in April, the White House said in its statement.

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