External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar on Friday said that the issue of Afghanistan occupied a lot of attention during a meeting with his Russian counterpart, Sergey Lavrov, given its direct implication for regional security. Speaking at a joint press conference in Moscow, Jaishankar stressed the need for an immediate reduction in violence in Afghanistan.
“And if you have to see peace within Afghanistan and around Afghanistan, that’s important for India and Russia to work together to ensure that much of the progress we have seen in economic and social and democratic terms are maintained,” the external affairs minister said.
Amid the Taliban’s offensive to capture more parts of Afghanistan, Jaishankar underlined that whoever governs the country has a legitimacy aspect to it “which can not and should not be ignored.” He said that India and Russia are committed to “independent, sovereign, united and democratic Afghanistan.”
The two leaders also talked…