EAM Jaishankar holds talks with Saudi Foreign Minister
External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar on Sunday held wide-ranging talks with his Saudi counterpart Faisal Bin Farhan Al Saud covering a range of bilateral and regional issues including developments in Afghanistan.
Al Saud arrived here on Saturday evening on a three-day visit.
The visit by the Saudi foreign minister comes at a time when India has been engaged with all leading powers on the developments in Afghanistan following its takeover by the Taliban. It is learned that the situation in Afghanistan was a major area of focus of the talks between Jaishankar and Al Saud.
Being a major regional player, Saudi Arabia's position on the developments in Kabul assumes significance as several countries in the Gulf region including Qatar and Iran were playing a role in the Afghan peace process before the Taliban's capture of power.
In a reflection of India's views on the matter, Prime Minister Modi on Friday said the global community should decide ''collectively'' and ''thoughtfully'' on according to recognition to the new set-up in Afghanistan because of questions over its acceptability as the change of power was not ''inclusive''.
He made the remarks during a virtual address at a meeting on Afghanistan of the heads of state of the SCO and the Collective Security Treaty Organisation.
Gen Naravane held extensive talks with senior military officials of that country intending to enhance bilateral defense cooperation.
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