U.S. President Donald Trump and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday called on Pakistan to ensure that its territory is not used to launch attacks on other countries, the External Affairs Ministry of India said in a statement.
Trump and Modi, embraced each other as friends and partners, vowed to work more closely on combating terrorism, the war on Afghanistan and defense cooperation.
The leaders said that the rising instability in Afghanistan due to terrorism is a cause of mutual concern for both India and the U.S.
“The increasing instability, due to terrorism, in Afghanistan is one of our common concerns. Both India and America have played an important role in rebuilding Afghanistan and ensuring its security,” the White House said in a statement.
“In order to attain our objectives for peace and stability in Afghanistan, we will maintain close consultation and communication with the U.S. to enhance coordination between our two nations,” the statement added.
In his first meeting with Indian PM Modi at the White House, Trump said both the U.S. and India have been affected by the “evils of terrorism” and the “radical ideology that drives them.”
Trump and Modi also “called on all nations to resolve territorial and maritime disputes peacefully and in accordance with international law,” the statement said.
In the Indo-Pacific region, Modi said: “In order to maintain peace, stability, and prosperity in the region.”
“The increasing possibilities for enhancing cooperation in order to protect our strategic interests will continue to determine the dimensions of our partnership. We will continue to work with the USA in this region,” he added.