Modi, Merkel discuss Afghanistan developments, repatriation of stranded people

New Delhi, Aug 23 (UNI) Prime Minister Narendra Modi spoke with German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Monday evening and discussed the recent developments in Afghanistan and the repatriation of stranded people, among other issues.
Both sides reiterated their commitment to strengthening the India-Germany Strategic Partnership.
This was revealed in a tweet by PM Modi. “Spoke to Chancellor Merkel this evening and discussed bilateral, multilateral and regional issues, including recent developments in Afghanistan. Reiterated our commitment to strengthening the India-Germany Strategic Partnership.”
A statement said, the two leaders discussed the unfolding security situation in Afghanistan and its implications on the region and the world.
They emphasised the importance of maintaining peace and security, with the most urgent priority being the repatriation of stranded people, it said.
The two leaders also discussed issues on the bilateral agenda, including cooperation in Covid-19 vaccines, development cooperation with a focus on climate and energy, and fostering trade and economic relations.

Both leaders exchanged views on issues of multilateral interest such as the forthcoming COP-26 meeting and the Indian initiative to promote a dialogue on maritime security at the United Nations Security Council.
They emphasised commonality of perspectives between both sides on promoting inclusive cooperation in the Indo-Pacific region, it said.
The call comes two days after External Affairs Minister S. Jaishankar on Saturday discussed the situation in Afghanistan with his German counterpart Heiko Maas.
“Appreciate the call from Foreign Minister @HeikoMaas of Germany. Discussed the evacuation challenges in Afghanistan and the policy implications of the changes there,” Jaishankar said in a tweet on Saturday.

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