Prime Minister Narendra Modi met Afghanistan President Ashraf Ghani on the sidelines of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization(SCO) summit in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan on June 13. The two leaders shared perspectives on the situation in Afghanistan, including the role played by India towards an inclusive peace process, as per the External Affairs Ministry.
External Affairs Ministry spokesperson Raveesh Kumar took to Twitter to give the latest update of the PM's meeting with the Afghan President.
"Late night meeting between trusted friends. PM Modi met with Afghan President Ashraf Ghani on sidelines of SCO summit in Bishkek", his tweet read.
PM Modi also took to Twitter to share pictures of the meet, saying that he had a "wonderful meeting" with Afghan President Ghani. He said that 'India fully supports Afghanistan in its endeavours towards peace and prosperity for its citizens'.
PM Modi arrived at Bishkek for the SCO summit on June 13, where he met several world leaders including China's President Xi Jinping, Russian President Vladamir Putin among other leaders and carried out successful talks about India's relations with other countries.
In a successful engagement to boost ties and bring greater cooperation between India and other countries, PM Modi held bilateral talks on the sidelines of the SCO summit to discuss various issues including terrorism, economic cooperation, energy sharing, defence procurement among other issues. This is PM Modi's first multilateral engagement after he was re-elected to the office of Prime Minister following BJP's huge victory in the May 2019 Lok Sabha polls.
PM Modi had met the Chinese and Russian Presidents earlier in the day and held successful discussions with them regarding matters of great interest to both countries. He also pushed China to come down hard on terror activities sponsored by Pakistan and said that "Pakistan should try harder to get rid of terrorism". Leaders of both China and Russia have accepted invitations to be a part of bilateral talks scheduled to happen later this year.
(With agency inputs)