Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his German counterpart Chancellor Angela Merkel on Monday held a detailed discussion on the unfolding security situation in Taliban-controlled Afghanistan and its implications on the region and the world.  Also Read: Afghanistan crisis: 8 urgent steps the world needs to take NOW During their discussion, the two leaders emphasised the importance of maintaining peace and security in the region.  Spoke to Chancellor Merkel this evening and discussed bilateral, multilateral and regional issues, including recent developments in Afghanistan. Reiterated our commitment to strengthening the India-Germany Strategic Partnership. — Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) August 23, 2021 Their discussions also focused on the repatriation of stranded people. Also Read: Afghanistan crisis: Dry fruits & spices may cost more "The two leaders also discussed issues on the bilateral agenda, including cooperation in Covid-19 vaccines, development cooperation with a focus on climate and energy, and fostering trade and economic relations," the Prime Minister's Office said in a statement.  The two leaders exchanged views on issues of multilateral interest such as the forthcoming COP-26 meeting and the Indian initiative to promote a dialogue on maritime security at the United Nations Security Council. Also Read: 'Who should come to Hamid Karzai International airport?' Here's the US view Amid China’s military assertiveness and expansionism in the Indo-Pacific region, the two leaders emphasised commonality of perspectives between both sides on promoting inclusive cooperation in the region.

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