India, Russia to Discuss Afghanistan Crisis at NSA-Level Meeting


India and Russia are set to discuss the Afghan crisis following the takeover of the war-torn nation by Taliban forces.

The Indian Foreign Ministry (MEA) said the Secretary of the Security Council of the Russian Federation, General Nikolay Patrushev, arrived here on Tuesday for a two-day visit as part of a high-level intergovernmental consultation between India and Russia at the invitation of Indian National Security Advisor Ajit Doval.

The two senior security officials are likely to discuss the Afghan situation.

The consultation follows the telephone conversation between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Russian President Vladimir Putin on August 24, when the two leaders said the two strategic partners would work together and called on senior officials from their respective countries to stay in touch. contact. on developments in Afghanistan.

Patrushev is also expected to appeal to Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Foreign Minister S. Jaishankar, the MEA added.

After the Modi-Putin conversation, Russia said the two leaders expressed their intention to strengthen cooperation to counter the spread of terrorist ideology and the drug threat emerging from Afghanistan.

The two leaders also agreed to establish a permanent bilateral channel for consultations on the matter.

On Monday, Russian envoy Nikolay Kudashev also reaffirmed that there are many possibilities for cooperation between India and Russia on Afghanistan and that the two sides are in regular contact on the latest developments in the conflict-torn country. war.

He also said that Russia is just as concerned as India that Afghan soil should not be a source of the spread of terrorism to other countries and that there is fear that the terrorist threat may reach Russian territory as well as Kashmir.

Earlier on August 26, the Afghan situation was discussed in detail during the visit to Moscow by NSA Deputy Pankaj Saran to meet with Russian NSA Nikolay Patrushev and Deputy Foreign Minister Igor Morgulov.

Following this, the two countries agreed to step up coordination in the context of the situation in Afghanistan following the withdrawal of US and NATO troops.

Russia played a key role in promoting the Afghan peace process before the Taliban took power in Kabul on August 15 this year.


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