Modi to virtually address Russia’s Eastern Economic Forum

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Along with PM Modi, who was the Chief Guest at the EEF in 2019, Malaysian PM Ismail Sabri Yaakob will also send video greetings…reports Asian Lite News

Prime Minister Narendra Modi will deliver a video address at the plenary session of the 7th Eastern Economic Forum 2022 (EEF) in Vladivostok on Wednesday.

Ambassador of India to Russia, Pavan Kapoor is heading the delegation to EEF this time where representatives of around 46 countries are participating.

On Wednesday, Russian President Vladimir Putin will also speak at the plenary session of the EEF, themed ‘On the Path To a Multipolar World’.

Along with Putin, the meeting will be attended by Armenia Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan; Mongolia PM Luvsannamsrain Oyun-Erdene; Chairman of the Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress of China Li Zhanshu and Min Aung Hlaing, the Chairman of Myanmar’s State Administration Council.

Along with PM Modi, who was the Chief Guest at the EEF in 2019, Malaysian PM Ismail Sabri Yaakob will also send video greetings.

India condemns Russian mission attack

India on Tuesday strongly condemned the terrorist attack on the Russian Embassy in Kabul.

The explosion that occurred on Monday near the Consular Department gate of the Russian Embassy, left at least two embassy staffers dead and several others wounded.

“India strongly condemns the terrorist attack on the Russian Embassy in Kabul yesterday. We convey our sincere condolences to the families of the victims and pray for early recovery of the injured,” Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) Spokesperson Arindam Bagchi said in a tweet.

Monday’s explosion comes days after at least 20 people were killed in a blast that rocked a mosque in northwestern Afghanistan during Friday prayers. In recent months, a number of blasts have been reported in the capital city of Kabul, claiming dozens of innocent lives.

UN mission in Afghanistan on Monday condemned the blast outside the Russian Embassy and stressed the need for the Taliban to take steps to ensure the safety and security of the people as well as diplomatic missions.

“UNAMA condemns today’s explosion outside @RusEmbassyKabul. We express our condolences to the families of those killed and wishes for a speedy recovery to the injured,” the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) said in a tweet.

A Taliban spokesperson said that a comprehensive investigation had been launched into the matter and further measures will be taken to safeguard the Embassy and prevent such probable incidents in future.

“Our security has launched a comprehensive investigation, & will take further measures to safeguard the Embassy & prevent such probable incidents from hindering the Embassy’s activities,” Taliban spokesperson Abdul Qahar Balkhi wrote on Twitter.

Balkhi added that the Taliban-appointed government in Afghanistan has close relations with the Russian Federation and will not allow the enemies to sabotage relations between both countries with such negative actions.

After Monday’s explosion near Russian Embassy in Kabul, Taliban-appointed Foreign Minister Amir Khan Muttaqi held a telephone conversation with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov.

In a phone call with Lavrov, Muttaqi assured that special attention will be given to blast in front of the Russian embassy. He ensured Lavrov the security of this embassy, TOLOnews reported quoting the Taliban spokesperson.

This series of blasts comes on the heels of one year of the Taliban’s rule in Afghanistan. Rights groups said the terror outfit had broken multiple pledges to respect human and women’s rights.

After capturing Kabul in August last year, the Islamic authorities have imposed severe restrictions on women’s and girls’ rights, suppressed the media, and arbitrarily detained, tortured, and summarily executed critics and perceived opponents.

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