The situation in Afghanistan keeps on worsening with each passing day as the US’s deadline for the exit for its complete military from Afghanistan closes in. Ex-US president Donald Trump set the deadline of the exit at 9th September, the day the Twin Towers were attacked in New York City in 2001 and President Joe Biden later reaffirmed that indeed his administration will make sure that the deadline will be met.
To discuss the situation in Afghanistan and ensure the safe evacuation of their citizen’s from the war-torn country, India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Russian President Vladimir Putin talked to each other over a call on Tuesday evening and backed coordinated efforts to establish peace and stability in Afghanistan in order to ensure security across the region.
The Russian embassy in India issued a readout following the call and said that the two leaders agreed to form a “permanent bilateral channel” for consultations on Afghanistan.
Indian PM took to Twitter to inform about the call and said, “Had a detailed and useful exchange of views with my friend President Putin on recent developments in Afghanistan. We also discussed issues on the bilateral agenda, including India-Russia cooperation against Covid-19. We agreed to continue close consultations on important issues.”
The two leaders also talked on various other topics such as Covid-19, the production of Russia’s Sputnik V vaccine in India, shipment of medicines and medical equipment and the need for bilateral dialogue.
It is a major diplomatic breakthrough for India especially at a time when Russia’s decision to work more closely with Pakistan through the “extended troika” format for Afghanistan and Russia and Pakistan seem to have grown closer together in the region.
At the same time, the US has also declared the Kabul Airport as a zone with high terror threats and has asked US Citizens as well as the allies of the US to not visit the country. It has also urged citizens in Afghanistan to “leave immediately.”
A State Department spokesperson called it a dynamic and volatile security situation on the ground. As per reports the US has evacuated around 4,500 people from the country and 1,500 people are still missing.