PM Modi, Putin hold talks on Afghanistan, agree on countering spread of terrorist ideology2 min read . Updated: 24 Aug 2021, 09:41 PM IST
- PM Modi said he had a detailed and useful exchange of views with Putin on recent developments in Afghanistan
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday spoke to Russian President Vladimir Putin on Afghanistan, which has been taken over by Taliban. PM Modi said he had detailed discussion with Putin on situation in Afghanistan and also talked about bilateral relations.
“Had a detailed and useful exchange of views with my friend President Putin on recent developments in Afghanistan. We also discussed issues on the bilateral agenda, including India-Russia cooperation against COVID-19. We agreed to continue close consultations on important issues," Prime Minister Modi said in a tweet.
The PMO said both the leaders discussed the unfolding situation in Afghanistan and its implications for the region and the world. They expressed the view that it was important for the two strategic partners to work together and instructed their senior officials to remain in touch.
Modi and Putin expressed satisfaction at the progress in the ‘Special and Privileged Strategic Partnership’ between both countries despite the challenges posed by the Covid pandemic. They appreciated the ongoing bilateral cooperation in the fight against the Covid pandemic, especially in the supply and production of ‘Sputnik V’ vaccine.
The leaders also touched upon the forthcoming multilateral engagements, including the BRICS Summit, meeting of the Council of SCO Heads of State, and India’s participation in the Eastern Economic Forum.
Prime Minister Modi said that he looked forward to President Putin’s visit to India for the next Bilateral Summit. The two leaders agreed to remain in touch on bilateral and global issues, in particular, the situation in Afghanistan, PMO said.
Sharing information on today's exchange, the Russian government said PM Modi and President Putin noted importance of coordinated efforts for establishment of peace and stability in this country, ensuring security in the region as a whole.
Both the leaders expressed intention to enhance cooperation on countering dissemination of terrorist ideology and drug threat emanating from the territory of Afghanistan. “It was agreed to form a permanent bilateral channel for consultations on this issue," the Russian government said.
While India has evacuated its diplomatic mission from Kabul, Russia still has its diplomats there in the country and has kept opened all lines of communications with Taliban.
On recognition of Taliban regime, Russia has said that it is not in hurry to take a call on ultra-conservative rulers while New Delhi has said that it will wait and watch how the extremist group conducts and that how other democratic nations go about it.
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