Prime Minister Narendra Modi. (file photo)
There were talks between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and British Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Taliban, Afghanistan and other global issues. In this conversation held before the COP26 summit, the heads of both countries agreed on the need for a coordinated international approach towards the Taliban. PM Modi and his counterpart Johnson interacted with each other over a phone call. During this, the current situation in Afghanistan was also discussed between the two leaders. In addition, the two top leaders also reviewed progress on Agenda 2030 for India-UK relations with each other.
During this, PM Modi welcomed the recognition of the Indian vaccine by the UK. Britain announced four days ago that Indian travelers who have received both doses of Covishield or any other vaccine approved by it will not be required to undergo a ten-day quarantine upon arrival from October 11.
A Downing Street spokesman said the leaders also spoke about the current situation in Afghanistan. They agreed with the Taliban on the need for a coordinated international approach and stressed the importance of upholding human rights in the country.
The two leaders also discussed the strengthening of UK-India relations and climate action in the context of the upcoming ‘Conference of the Parties’ (COP)-26 in Glasgow. The Prime Ministers welcomed the progress made on the 2030 Roadmap. This was agreed upon by Johnson and Modi in May.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi tweeted, ‘Glad to talk to Prime Minister Boris Johnson. We reviewed progress on the India-UK Agenda 2030 and exchanged views on climate issues in the context of COP-26 in Glasgow. Also shared his assessments on regional issues including Afghanistan.
Was a pleasure to speak to Prime Minister @BorisJohnson. We reviewed progress on the India-UK Agenda 2030, exchanged views on climate action in the context of the forthcoming COP-26 in Glasgow, and shared our assessments on regional issues including Afghanistan.
— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) October 11, 2021
At present, Mullah Amir Khan Muttaki, the acting Foreign Minister of the Talibani government of Afghanistan, is present in Qatar with his delegation. Here Aamir Khan Muttaki’s talks are going on with many countries including America. The Taliban government’s acting foreign minister, Muttaki, aims to bring international recognition to Kabul’s new government and lift a ban on the nearly $10 billion fund.
US refuses to recognize Talibani government
On October 10, the US delegation held talks with the Afghan side in Doha. These talks focused on security and terrorism concerns. After this conversation, the US State Department said that the US will continue to provide humanitarian aid to Afghanistan. At the same time, the US delegation reiterated that the Taliban will be judged “not on its rhetoric but on its action”. The US said that at the moment Washington has refused to recognize the Talibani government.
Meanwhile, India has asked the world community not to rush to recognize the Talibani government, as it is not inclusive but has been established without talks. The leaders also discussed the upcoming visit of the UK Carrier Strike Group led by HMS Queen Elizabeth to India and the bilateral strategic partnership
During this phone conversation, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson also outlined concrete progress on climate change ahead of the upcoming COP26 summit. Johnson said that India is already leading the world in renewable technology.
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