New Delhi: In an vital improvement, India and Russia have agreed to type a “everlasting bilateral channel” for consultations on Afghanistan. The announcement of the bilateral channel has been probably the most seen sensible cooperation between India & any of its allies on Afghanistan within the aftermath of the autumn of Kabul to the Taliban since fifteenth August.
The event was introduced hours after Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Russian President Vladimir Putin held a 45-minute telephonic dialog on Tuesday (August 24).
Had an in depth and helpful trade of views with my buddy President Putin on current developments in Afghanistan. We additionally mentioned points on the bilateral agenda, together with India-Russia cooperation towards COVID-19. We agreed to proceed shut consultations on vital points.
— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) August 24, 2021
In a tweet, PM stated, “Had an in depth and helpful trade of views with my buddy President Putin on current developments in Afghanistan.” Either side have had common exchanges on Afghanistan, together with throughout Exterior Affairs minister Dr. S Jaishankar’s Russia go to & Russian FM Lavrov’s India go to earlier this yr.
Throughout Modi-Putin talks, each side agreed to cooperate on counter-terror and drug threats “emanating from the territory of Afghanistan”, a Russian readout of talks stated. In addition they “famous the significance of coordinated efforts” which might “contribute to the institution of peace and stability on this nation, making certain safety within the area as an entire”.
The scenario in Afghanistan is seen as a safety problem to each India and Russia. For India, Afghanistan may turn into a secure haven for Pakistan-based terror teams, and for Russia, a spillover of the disaster can influence pleasant central Asian nations like Uzbekistan, Tajikistan.
Necessary to recollect, India’s Deputy NSA Pankaj Saran met Russian NSA Nikolai Patrushev final week in Moscow & had mentioned Afghanistan. Final week was the primary week because the fall of Kabul, and the Taliban rising as a dominant drive in Afghanistan.
Through the talks, each side additionally had conversations on commerce, covid disaster, manufacture of Russian Vaccines in India. The subsequent few months will see elevated India, Russia engagement, given India will host the BRICS summit in September because the chair of the grouping, Russian President Vladimir Putin’s much-awaited India go to for the annual India Russia bilateral summit & deliveries of the primary models of S400 air defence techniques.
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