Russian President Vladimir Putin’s special representative on Afghanistan visited India this week for a series of meetings with Indian officials on restoring peace in the war-ravaged country.
Zamir Kabulov’s visit followed US defence secretary Jim Mattis’s trip to India and Afghanistan.
Putin’s envoy has three decades of experience about the region and played a key role in shaping Russia’s policy towards Afghanistan and Pakistan.
He is known for his open position about US troops leaving Afghanistan at the earliest, which doesn’t really gel well with New Delhi’s views from the security standpoint.
Indian officials said the visit was part of continuing consultations on Afghanistan on topics ranging from terrorism, the Islamic State terrorist group and the future of the peace process.
The Islamic State is expanding its footprints in the volatile country, a development that deeply worries Russia.
Source: Hindustan Times