India, Russia agreed Afghanistan serious issue: PM

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Saturday said both India and Russia are agreed that the Afghanistan problem is a "serious" issue.

On Board PM`s Special Aircraft: Prime
Minister Manmohan Singh on Saturday said both India and Russia are
agreed that the Afghanistan problem is a "serious" issue,
observing that whatever happens there is of deep interest to
them and to all the neighbours of the strife-torn country.

Singh said the two countries should find a joint
cooperative path to tackle this "difficult" problem.
The Prime Minister was asked about the Afghan problem
during his interaction with journalists.

On the issue of US-led International Security Assistance
Forces(ISAF) quitting Afghanistan, he said whether they will
pull out their entire team or leave behind some people is not
clear so far.

"As far as Russia and India are concerned, even after
the American and other ISAF forces pull out of Afghanistan we
have to recognise that Afghanistan happens to belong to a
region where we all reside.

"Therefore whatever happens in Afghanistan is of deep
interest to Russia, is of deep interest to India and deep
interest to all the neighbours of Afghanistan," he added.

In his opening remarks, Singh said he was very satisfied
with the results of the just concluded annual summit with
Russia.
Singh also said that 2011 has been a year of active
diplomacy for India, with its immediate neighbours in the
subcontinent, with major powers, and with our extended
neighbourhood in South-East Asia and West Asia.

"Although we end the year with increased uncertainty in
the international system, it is clear that India also has
opportunities (in the UNSC, BRICS, SAARC, G-20 and elsewhere)
to be a factor of peace and stability in the international
system," he added.

PTI