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Modi, Trump vows security, economic cooperation, Indo-Pacific partnership

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Indian and US pledged to strengthen security and economic cooperation and build on the partnership during a wide-ranging phone conversation, according to the

While discussing the cooperation between their democracies on Thursday, they looked forward to the "2+2 Meeting" of and with US and in April, a statement said.

"The leaders pledged to continue working together to enhance security and prosperity in the region," the statement said, adding "Trump's strategy, they reiterated their commitment to supporting Afghanistan's security and stability."

In their review of the and regions, the statement said: "Both leaders expressed concern about the political crisis in and the importance of respect for democratic institutions and rule of law."

On Afghanistan, which was the keystone of the Strategy announced in August 2017, they reiterated their commitment to support efforts to support the violence-wracked nation's security and stability.

Closer to India, they discussed ways to address the plight of the Rohingya refugees from and the situation in that country, the statement said.

On North Korea, an issue at the top of US foreign policy priorities, the two leaders discussed further steps to denuclearise

While is working on forging close links with the nation of atolls and backing Maldivian Abdulla Yameen, and share a common perspective and want a return to democracy and an end to the state of emergency declared by Yameen on Monday.

After the overturned the terrorism conviction of former President as well as the convictions of eight other politicians on several charges, Yameen clamped down the emergency.

Two of the five judges were arrested by government forces and the other three overturned their unanimous ruling ordering the release of the nine politicians.

As part of his South Asia strategy, Trump wanted to provide more aid to

He also put on notice for harbouring terrorists, and followed it up last month by withholding security assistance to estimated at over $1 billion.

In the Indo-Pacific region, Trump is promoting cooperation between the four democracies - Indian, US, and - to be a countervailing force to

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First Published: Fri, February 09 2018. 10:18 IST