Foreign Minister Jaishankar to visit Russia this week

Foreign Minister S Jaishankar is due to travel to Moscow this week to set the stage for the annual India-Russia summit and discuss the rapidly evolving situation in Afghanistan, people familiar with the development of the situation said on Monday. situation.

Ways to strengthen cooperation within the framework of the Intergovernmental Indo-Russian Commission for Trade, Economic, Scientific and Cultural Cooperation as well as links in the defense sector are also expected to feature in its talks in Moscow.

The foreign minister is expected to have in-depth talks with his Russian counterpart Sergey Lavrov.

The annual India-Russia summit was postponed last year due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The two countries have a mechanism whereby the Indian prime minister and the Russian president hold a summit meeting every year to review the whole relationship.

So far, 20 annual summit meetings have been held alternately in India and Russia.

Russia has been a proven partner of India, and the country has been a key pillar of New Delhi’s foreign policy.

Those named above have said that a key area of ​​discussion will be the development of the situation in Afghanistan in the face of the withdrawal of US forces from the country.

Afghanistan has seen a spate of attacks in recent weeks as the United States sought to complete the withdrawal of its forces from the war-torn country before September 11, ending nearly two decades of its presence. military there.

India is concerned about the increasing levels of violence in Afghanistan as well as the Taliban’s efforts to expand their influence in the country.

Last month, Foreign Minister Harsh Vardhan Shringla said the Taliban’s relentless pursuit of power through violence has created an uncertain environment in Afghanistan and the situation in the country is “fluid” at this time.

There has been a new push in the Afghan peace process, including by Russia, and she has been in contact with the main actors and stakeholders in that country.

Lavrov visited India in April where the two sides discussed preparations for the summit as well as other key bilateral and regional issues.

(Only the title and image of this report may have been reworked by Business Standard staff; the rest of the content is automatically generated from a syndicated feed.)

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