US President Donald Trump has spoken over the phone call with the Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, as the 2 leaders have discussed a variety of issues including the ongoing Maldivian crisis. Prime Minister Narendra Modi and United States President Donald Trump discussed the turmoil in Maldives during a phone call. They also talked about the situation in Afghanistan and enhancing security in the Indo-Pacific region.
Indians have their shoulders broad at this moment. US President talks over a phone call with PM Modi and asks for his views over the Maldives crisis. The country which was once denoted as a poor and backward country is now standing high with pride. All credits to our PM, his hard work and tireless efforts have paid off.
“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.
Maldives plunged into a crisis on 1st of February when the Supreme Court ordered the government to release nine political prisoners. President Yameen Abdul Gayoom’ government defied the order and instead, on February 5th, declared a 15-day state of emergency. Security forces stormed into the court premises and arrested two judges, including the chief justice. The police also arrested former President Maumoon Abdul Gayoom.
Meanwhile on Thursday Maldives’ Judicial Service Commission – the country’s judicial watchdog – suspended Chief Justice Abdullah Saeed as he is being investigated for several serious allegations. Saeed, Justice Ali Hameed and Judicial Service Administrator Hassan Saeed are being investigated for allegedly accepting bribes, using undue influence on the judiciary, and conspiring to overthrow the government of President Abdulla Yameen Gayoom.
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The White House said the two leaders also pledged to continue working together to enhance security and prosperity in the Indo-Pacific region. “Affirming President Trump’s South Asia strategy, they reiterated their commitment to supporting Afghanistan’s security and stability,” the White House said.
Modi and Trump also exchanged views on Myanmar and ways to address the plight of the Rohingya refugees. As of now there are some 680,000 Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh putting enormous pressure in the economy of Bangladesh. Recently Myanmar and Bangladesh agreed on a roadmap of return of these refugees to their homes in Myanmar. The US believes that this is not the right time for the return of Rohingya refugees.
According to the White House, during the call, Trump and Modi discussed further steps to ensure denuclearization of North Korea. “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.
The ‘2+2 dialogue’ was announced after the White House meeting between Modi and Trump in June 2017. 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.