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PM Modi with US President Trump

Trump and Modi also addressed North Korea, the White House said.Washington has been leading diplomatic efforts to ramp up global pressure on Pyongyang over its nuclear weapons and missile programs, out of concern they may eventually enable North Korea to attack the United States. The term "Indo-Pacific", now used by the U.S. as an alternative to Asia-Pacific, is seen as an attempt to increase India's clout as a counterbalance to China's regional influence.

US President Donald Trump has spoken to Prime Minister of India Narendra Modi over the phone, the White House said in a statement today.

United States recognition of India's primacy in the region, including in Afghanistan, is driving Pakistan and China insane, but the read-out makes it clear there is no rethink on President Trump's South Asia strategy that includes holding Pakistan's feet to the fire for its support of terrorism.

Senior officials from U.S. and New Delhi will themselves be engaged shortly at the ministerial level.

President Trump and PM Narendra Modi spoke on the phone for the first time in January previous year. The leaders pledged to continue working together to enhance security and prosperity in the Indo-Pacific region.

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

"We have de-hyphenated our relations with Palestine and Israel and now we see them both as mutually independent and exclusive and as part of this policy the prime minister is undertaking this visit", B. Bala Bhaskar, a joint secretary in the Indian foreign ministry, said. The conversation also included the 680,000 Rohingya refugees from Myanmar who have been living in Bangladesh, and which has strained the economy of the country.

Trump and Modi discussed further steps to ensure denuclearisation of North Korea, TOI said. Download The for your English and other languages.

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