PM Modi meets Afghan Prez, discusses bilateral issues

PM Modi meets Afghan Prez, discusses bilateral issues

Agency News

Bishkek, Jun 13 : Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday evening met Afghanistan President Ashraf Ghani and shared perspectives on the role played by India towards an inclusive peace process.

"Late night meeting between trusted friends. PM Narendra Modi met with Afghan President Ashraf Ghani on sidelines of SCO Summit in Bishkek. Shared perspectives on situation in Afghanistan, including the role played by India towards an inclusive peace process," MEA spokesman Raveesh Kumar tweeted.

Earlier after his arrival here for the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation Summit, Mr Modi kicked off his first multilateral engagement since his re-election with a rich haul of takeaways following interactions with the leaders of China and Russia.Prime Minister Modi told Chinese President Xi Jinping at the delegation-level talks in the Kyrgyzstan capital that - 'We are committed to peaceful negotiations' and that India has made efforts in this endeavour but 'these efforts have been derailed (by Pakistan).

'Prime Minister Modi informed President Xi that Pakistan needs to create an atmosphere free of terrorism and at this stage we did not see this happening. Therefore, we expect Pakistan to take concrete actions on all the issues that India has proposed,' Foreign Secretary Vijay Gokhale told a media briefing here.Mr Modi said, ' We have a consistent position with respect to Pakistan and discuss all issues through a peaceful bilateral mechanism".

Both Mr Modi and Russian President Putin have identified oil link for deeper cooperation between the two nations, the FS said."This is an area which we feel, we should engage. And that process has started," he said, adding a delegation from the Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas has already held discussions with Russian side.