Russian President Vladimir Putin and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi have agreed to embark on a joint project in Afghanistan.
The Indian Express reports that this is the first time that the two countries will undertake a joint project — possibly in the development sector — in Afghanistan.
The Indian Express quoted sources as saying that Modi proposed the idea for the joint project in Afghanistan, and Putin readily accepted.
“Unlike in Wuhan, where Xi had proposed the Afghanistan project, here Modi took the initiative with Russia,” the source said as quoted in the report.
Afghan analysts said the Afghan government should provide the grounds for joint investment of Russia and India in Afghanistan.
The spokesman for the Afghan Ministry of Economy, Suhrab Bahman, said joint investment of India and Russia is important for Afghanistan and the region due to the country’s strategic location for trade and transit in the region.