India, US call for freedom of navigation, rule by international law amid South China Sea disputes

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US President Donald J. Trump (L) and First Lady Melania Trump (R) walk to the Oval Office with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi (R) after his arrival to the White House in Washington, DC, USA, 26 June 2017
US President Donald J. Trump (L) and First Lady Melania Trump (R) walk to the Oval Office with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi (R) after his arrival to the White House in Washington, DC, USA, 26 June 2017CREDIT: EPA

WASHINGTON: With an eye on China and the disputes in the South China Sea, India and the US today called for freedom of navigation and resolving of territorial and maritime disputes peacefully in accordance with international law.

“In the Indo-Pacific region, in order to maintain peace, stability and prosperity in the region, this is also another objective of our strategic cooperation,” Prime Minister Narendra Modi told reporters at the Rose Garden of the White House after his maiden meeting with President Donald Trump.

Later, a India-US joint statement on the meeting said as responsible stewards in the Indo-Pacific region, Trump and Modi agreed that a close partnership between the…

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