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Trump, Modi discuss trade, Afghanistan: White House

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(Reuters) - U.S. and Indian discussed reducing the U.S. trade deficit with and increasing their cooperation in in a telephone call on Monday, the said.

"The leaders agreed to strengthen the U.S.-strategic partnership in 2019 and exchanged perspectives on how to reduce the U.S. trade deficit with India, expand security and prosperity in the Indo-Pacific, and increase cooperation in Afghanistan," the said in a statement.

The has slapped tariffs on imports of and aluminium from India, part of Trump's drive to reduce the U.S. trade deficit and boost American

has threatened to retaliate but said it would not take action until the end of this month.

In Afghanistan, Trump is planning to withdraw more than 5,000 of the 14,000 U.S. troops there, a U.S. said last month.

With a reduced military presence in Afghanistan, the would almost certainly have to curtail its missions, which include training and advising Afghan forces and waging an air campaign against the and other militant groups.

(Reporting by Eric Beech; Editing by and Peter Cooney)

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First Published: Tue, January 08 2019. 10:57 IST