Modi, Obama now on a hotline

A hotline between Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and US President Barack Obama as well as between their national security advisers has recently become operational.

Peter R Lavoy, special assistant to the US President and senior director for South Asian Affairs at the National Security Council of the White House said, “It [hotline has] just recently been established.”

 “Hotline has connotation of some crisis management phone or system that was used during the cold war to defuse crisis. That’s not what we have. This is a secure line between two very very close partners so that they can exchange views at the heads of state level…exchange views and co-ordinate approaches to solving real problems,” Lavoy added.

When asked whether the two leaders have used the secure line of communication, he informed that it has not been used so far.

The decision to establish a Modi-Obama hotline was reached during Obama’s visit to New Delhi to attend India’s Republic Day on January 26, as its chief guest. At the joint press conference, a day before, Modi had said that the two leaders have decided to give this critical partnership its due trust and sustained attention.

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