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Modi, Trump discuss situation in Maldives over phone call

Press Trust of India  |  Washington 

and US have expressed concern over the political crisis in the during a phone call in which they also reviewed the security situation in and the region, the said today.

The plunged into a political chaos on last Thursday when the ordered the release of nine imprisoned opposition politicians, maintaining that their trials were "politically motivated and flawed".

The led by has refused to implement the ruling, prompting a wave of protests in capital, Male. The government also arrested two top judges, including the

"Both leaders (Trump and Modi) expressed concern about the political crisis in the Maldives and the importance of respect for democratic institutions and rule of law," the said in a readout of the phone call, the first between the two, this year.

The said the two leaders also pledged to continue working together to enhance security and prosperity in the region.

"Trump's strategy, they reiterated their commitment to supporting Afghanistan's security and stability," the White House said.

Modi and Trump also exchanged views on and ways to address the plight of the Rohingya refugees.

Some 680,000 Rohingya refugees have fled to neighbouring Bangladesh, putting enormous pressure on the country's economy.

Recently, and agreed on a roadmap to facilitate the return of these refugees to their homes in

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 also discussed further steps to ensure denuclearisation of

"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 and from along with their American of State and

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First Published: Fri, February 09 2018. 13:25 IST