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PM Modi Discusses Trade Deficit, Afghanistan Security With Donald Trump Over Phone

U.S. President Donald Trump and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi discussed reducing the U.S. trade deficit with India and increasing their cooperation in Afghanistan in a telephone call on Monday, the White House said.

PM Modi Discusses Trade Deficit, Afghanistan Security With Donald Trump Over Phone
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PM Modi Discusses Trade Deficit, Afghanistan Security With Donald Trump Over Phone
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2019-01-08T08:15:42+05:30

U.S. President Donald Trump and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi discussed reducing the U.S. trade deficit with India and increasing their cooperation in Afghanistan in a telephone call on Monday, the Reuters reported quoting The White House.

In a statement, the White House said, “The leaders agreed to strengthen the US-India strategic partnership in 2019 and exchanged perspectives on how to reduce the US trade deficit with India, expand security and prosperity in the Indo-Pacific, and increase cooperation in Afghanistan.”

Satisfied at the progress in India-US strategic partnership in 2018, Prime Minister Modi and President Trump appreciated developments such as the launch of the 2+2 Dialogue mechanism, stated news agency ANI. They reportedly took positive note of their growing bilateral cooperation in defence, counter-terrorism and energy and coordination on regional and global issues. They agreed to continue to work together for further strengthening India-US bilateral relations in 2019.

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

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

(With inputs from agencies)

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