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Prime Minister Narendra Modi, German Chancellor Angela Merkel discuss Afghanistan issue
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Prime Minister Narendra Modi, German Chancellor Angela Merkel discuss Afghanistan issue

| @indiablooms | 24 Aug 2021, 09:14 am

New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi spoke on phone on Monday with his German counterpart Federal Chancellor Dr Angela Merkel when they discussed the current crisis in Afghanistan.

"The leaders discussed the unfolding security situation in Afghanistan and its implications on the region and the world," read a statement issued by the Ministry of External Affairs.

"They emphasised the importance of maintaining peace and security, with the most urgent priority being the repatriation of stranded people," read the statement.

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.

They 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.

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