SCO Summit: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday conducted talks with the President of Afghanistan, Ashraf Ghani and expressed solidarity and complete support to the country in “resolutely and effectively” combating the challenge of terrorism. According to PTI, PM Modi also strongly condemned the recent attacks in Afghanistan’s capital, Kabul and other parts of the country and offered India’s sincerest condolences on the loss of lives of hundreds of innocent people. According to reports, the meeting had taken place on the sidelines of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) summit.
The two leaders reportedly discussed the current situation in the war-torn country. These discussions are reported to have focussed on fighting against terrorism and the promotion of peace, stability and the process of reconciliation in the nation. Sources privy to the meeting told PTI, “PM Modi highly appreciated the sacrifices made by the brave Afghan people and assured President Ghani that 1.25 billion Indians stood by the friendly people of Afghanistan in resolutely and effectively addressing the challenge of terrorism imposed on that country”.
According to the report, both Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Afghani President agreed that India’s entry into the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation as a full member would help in the promotion of closer cooperation within the bloc, including fighting the menace of terrorism. Earlier in the day, PM Modi reiterated his stand on terrorism by saying, “Terrorism is a major threat to humanity. We will have to make coordinated efforts to counter the menace of terrorism”.