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PM Modi, Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Discuss Regional Developments; Afghanistan Came Up Too

Prime Minister Modi conveyed best wishes for Expo-2020 to be held in Dubai from October 1, 2021 (File pic)

Prime Minister Modi conveyed best wishes for Expo-2020 to be held in Dubai from October 1, 2021 (File pic)

The conversation also asumes significance as the last time the Taliban were in power, UAE was one of the three nations who recognised them.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan on Friday discussed regional developments and agreed that there is no place for terrorism and extremism in the world, while stressing on the importance of the international community standing together against such forces. Their discussion comes amid the developments in Afghanistan, with the Taliban taking over the country and America withdrawing its troops.

UAE has offered assylum to former Afghanistan President Ashraf Ghani and his family. The conversation also asumes significance as the last time the Taliban were in power, UAE was one of the three nations who recognised them.

During their telephonic conversation, the two leaders positively assessed the continued progress in bilateral cooperation in various areas under the India-UAE comprehensive strategic partnership, a Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) statement said. Prime Minister Modi appreciated the UAE’s support for the Indian community during the COVID-19 pandemic, and also conveyed best wishes for Expo-2020 to be held in Dubai from October 1, 2021, it said.

“Had a very useful telecon with His Highness @MohamedBinZayed. Reviewed progress in our comprehensive strategic partnership and discussed recent regional developments," Modi tweeted. Both leaders discussed regional issues of common concern, the PMO said.

They agreed that there is no place for terrorism and extremism in the world and stressed the importance of the international community standing together against such forces, it said.

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first published:September 03, 2021, 23:51 IST