Indian PM talks about spread of terrorist ideology from Afghanistan

By Monitoring Desk
Wednesday – August 25, 2021
MOSCOW (Russia): Russian president Vladimir Putin and Indian prime minister (PM) Narendra Modi in a telephone conversation, on Tuesday, expressed their determination to increase cooperation in opposing the spread of terrorist ideology and the drugs threat emanating from Afghan territory.

According to a press release, while exchanging opinions on Afghanistan, the parties noted the importance of concerted efforts, which will help establish peace and stability in the country and ensure security in the region in general.

They agreed to establish a two-way channel for permanent consultations on this issue.

The parties also touched on a number of aspects concerning the further development of Russian-Indian special privileged partnership relations, in trade and the economy among other areas.

Indian PM Modi conveyed his gratitude to Russian president Putin for the assistance provided in combatting the spread of the coronavirus (Covid-19), including supplies of Russian vaccines and their production in India as well as the delivery of necessary medicines and medical equipment.

They discussed the schedule of future contacts at various levels.

Separately, according to an Indian press release, the leaders discussed the unfolding situation in Afghanistan and its implications for the region and the world.

The leaders also touched upon the forthcoming multilateral engagements, including the BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China, and South Africa) summit, meeting of the council of Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) heads of state, and India’s participation in the Eastern Economic Forum (EEF).

Indian PM Modi said that he looked forward to Russian 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.