According to a recent White House release, PM Narendra Modi had a long telephonic chat with U.S. President Donald this Thursday, during which both heads of state discussed the current Maldivian political crisis, ongoing war in Afghanistan and the plight of Myanmar’s Rohingya refugees. The current US President wants to deepen ties with India to strike a balance with China’s aggressive posturing in Asia by building trade links via transport routes across Asia.
Besides discussing the ongoing political crisis in Maldives, they also expressed commitment over maintaining security in Afghanistan that is facing a tough time managing terrorist groups like Taliban and Haqqani that operate out of Pakistan. The embattled president of Maldives has been sending out envoys to nations like China, Pakistan and Saudi Arabia that are on friendly terms with it about ongoing political crisis that forced him to order a state of state emergency.
The leaders discussed the looming crisis of 680,000 Rohingya Muslims that have fled genocide in Myanmar and have now settled down in Rakhine region of Bangladesh. While India is extending aid to Afghanistan, United States has cut down aid to Pakistan leading to growing fears in its leaders that it will be stuck between two hostile nations.
North Korea and its unrepentant leader Kim Jong was another serious subject of discussion among both leaders that is repeatedly flexing its nuclear muscles by carrying out tests and making open threats to attack United States with its nuclear arsenal. Both discussed methods to increase international pressure through allies over Pyongyang. Though India does have diplomatic relations with North Korea, it is limited to food and medicines. During the last diplomatic meeting with US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson during the latter’s visit to New Delhi in October last year, India’s foreign minister Sushma Swaraj had defended the diplomatic relations as a way to maintain communication channels between both nations.