Modi, Putin Discuss Afghanistan As BRICS NSAs Meet Virtually

Modi, Putin Discuss Afghanistan As BRICS NSAs Meet Virtually

Andrew H. Sweet

On Tuesday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Russian President Vladimir Putin discussed charting out a "coordinated" strategy in Afghanistan, while National Security Advisors from the five BRICS countries met virtually.

There remain differences within the grouping on Afghanistan, with China and Russia broadly aligning their positions.

China and Russia, along with Pakistan, are among the few countries that keep their embassies open in Afghanistan in contrast to India, which has evacuated all of its diplomatic personnel.

Both Indian and Russian officials said the conversation indicated the desire of both leaders to strengthen common areas in their positions on Afghanistan and engage Central Asian states on common concerns of terrorism.

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