Putin in Meeting With Modi, Discusses Drug-Trafficking, Terrorism and Situation in Afghanistan
Concerns about terrorist groups becoming entrenched and drug trafficking expanding in Afghanistan emerged this summer after the US and NATO decided to withdraw their military presence and to quit the country after completion of a 20-year war.
Russian President Vladimir Putin said while meeting Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi that Moscow can't help being concerned about drug trafficking and terrorism, including in the context of the situation in Afghanistan.
Putin went on to observe that Moscow and New Delhi are still working in the global arena and cooperating on various issues. He separately made much of the two countries' cooperation in the military sphere, which was boosted with the signing of an agreement earlier today, on joint efforts in the defence industry that will last until 2030.
The concerns about the situation in Afghanistan first surfaced earlier this year when the US, then NATO, announced their plans to withdraw all troops from the country thus ending their 20-year presence. The withdrawal was complete by the end of August, but already in the middle of the month the Taliban* seized power in the country.
The Taliban insurgents promised to end all drug production in the country, although foreign security experts remained sceptical that many of the country's drug barons will happily abandon the profitable business. The Taliban also vowed to prevent any groups that pose a threat to foreign countries, namely through terrorism, from setting foot in Afghanistan. The Taliban itself repeatedly stressed that it does not seek to hurt any foreign countries and wants Afghanistan to live at peace with the rest of the world.
*The Taliban is an organisation under the UN sanctions over terrorist activities
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