U.S. President Donald Trump and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi discussed increasing cooperation between New Delhi and Washington in Afghanistan in a telephone call on Monday, the White House said.
According to a statement released by White House, the two leaders also discussed reducing U.S. trade deficit with India.
“The leaders agreed to strengthen the U.S.-India 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 statement said.
The latest telephone discussion between Trump and Modi takes place days after reports emerged regarding the possible withdrawal of thousands of U.S. troops from Afghanistan.
India is one of the key stakeholders in rehabilitation of Afghanistan and has invested more than two billion Dollars in key reconstruction projects in the country since the fall of Taliban regime.