Prime Minister Narendra Modi spoke to German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Monday and discussed the unfolding security situation in Afghanistan and its implications for the region and the world, while leaders stressed the importance of maintaining peace and security.
The prime minister’s cabinet said in a statement that the two leaders believed the most urgent priority is the repatriation of stranded people.
They also discussed bilateral issues, including cooperation on COVID-19 vaccines, development cooperation with a focus on climate and energy, and advancing trade and economic relations.
Prime Minister Modi tweeted: “I spoke with Chancellor Merkel tonight and discussed bilateral, multilateral and regional issues, including recent developments in Afghanistan. We reiterated our commitment to strengthening the strategic partnership between India and Germany.”
Tonight met with Chancellor Merkel and discussed bilateral, multilateral and regional issues, including recent developments in Afghanistan. Reiterated our commitment to strengthening the strategic partnership between India and Germany.
— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) August 23, 2021
The PMO statement said: “Leaders discussed the evolving security situation in Afghanistan and its implications for the region and the world. They stressed the importance of maintaining peace and security, with the most urgent priority being the repatriation of stranded people. “
The two leaders also exchanged views on issues of multilateral importance, such as the upcoming COP-26 meeting and the Indian initiative to promote a dialogue on maritime security in the United Nations Security Council, the statement said.
They highlighted the common perspectives between the two sides on promoting inclusive cooperation in the Indo-Pacific region.
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