Afghanistan on agenda as Modi meets Putin for bilateral talks in Sochi
By Khaama Press - Mon May 21 2018, 1:09 pm
According to the Indian officials, the situation in Afghanistan is also on agenda as the two leaders will hold talks on a wide range of issues.
Indian envoy to Russia Pankaj Saran told ANI that the two leaders would discuss mutual cooperation to improve each other’s economy and influence in the international sphere.
Saran further added that apart from holding bilateral talks on the entire gamut of bilateral relations.
He said Modi and Putin might also discuss the repercussions of the Iran nuclear deal post the withdrawal of the United States from it.
Since India and Russia are both victims of terrorism, the two sides will also discuss ISIS threat and the situation in Afghanistan and Syria, he added.
India has played a major role in the reconstruction of Afghanistan since the fall of the Taliban regime and has invested over $2 billion in various reconstruction and infrastructure projects.
The construction of the major Salma Dam, the new Afghan parliament building, Zaranj-Delaram highway, and some other projects are among the key investments India has done so far in the country.
The government of India pledged a fresh aid package of $1 billion to support the reconstruction projects in Afghanistan during a visit by President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani in late 2016.