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US, India vow to ramp up cooperation in Afghanistan

US, India vow to ramp up cooperation in Afghanistan

Jan 08, 2019 - 09:35

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok): Days after trading barbs, the US and India have agreed on ramping up cooperation in Afghanistaninfo-icon, President Donald Trump’s office said on Monday.  

Trump and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi reached the agreement during a telephone call, a statement from 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.”

According to the White House, the two leaders also spoke about ways of expanding security and prosperity in the Indo-Pacific and increasing cooperation in Afghanistan.

Also on Monday, Trump discussed the US strategy in Syria with French President Emmanuel Macron. They talked about plans for a strong, deliberate and coordinated withdrawal of US troops from Syria.

Last week, the US president mocked Modi for the construction of an Indian-funded library in Afghanistan as part of efforts to invest in thw war-hit nation’s economy.

In a separate call, Trump and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau conferred on the detention of two Canadian citizens in China. They agreed to continue to seek the release of Michael Kovrig and Michael Spavor.

PANinfo-icon Monitor


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