PM Modi, Trump discuss Maldives political crisis over phone call

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The Prime Minister Narendra Modi and US President Donald Trump have communicated concern about the political crisis in the Maldives over a phone call, as they also talked about the condition in Afghanistan and increasing security in Indo-Pacific region, the White House said. “Both leaders expressed concern about the political crisis in the Maldives and the importance of respect for democratic institutions and rule of law,” the White House said in the readout of the phone conversation between Trump and Modi.

On last Thursday, Maldives jumped into a political chaos when the top court ordered the release of nine imprisoned opposition politicians, continuing that their trials were “politically motivated and flawed”. The Yameen government has rejected to execute the ruling, inciting a series of protests in Maldives capital, Male. The Supreme Court Chief of Maldives Justice Abdulla Saeed and another judge, Ali Hameed, were detained hours following Yameen announced a state of emergency. The White House added that the two leaders also promised to keep on working together to boost security and prosperity in the Indo-Pacific region. The White House said, “Affirming President Trump’s South Asia strategy, they reiterated their commitment to supporting Afghanistan’s security and stability”.

The PM Modi and President Trump also talked about Myanmar and ways to address the dilemma of the Rohingya refugees. Previously, there are some 680,000 Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh laying excessive pressure on the economy of Bangladesh. In recent past, Bangladesh and Myanmar agreed on a roadmap of return of these refugees to their homes in Myanmar. The US, on the other hand, considers that it is not the perfect time for the return of Rohingya refugees. Trump and Modi also discussed the steps to make sure denuclearization of North Korea, according to the White House. “Finally, the leaders agreed to strengthen security and economic cooperation as they look forward to the ‘2+2’ ministerial dialogue between their defence and diplomatic officials in April,” the White House said.

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