Modi meets Afghan Prez; B’desh, Bhutan PMs on SAARC sidelines

Kathmandu: Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday held bilateral talks with the Afghan President and Prime Ministers of Bangladesh and Bhutan during which the leaders discussed ways to enhance cooperation in key areas of trade and security.

Modi, who arrived here on Tuesday to attend 18th SAARC Summit, held talks with the SAARC leaders at the Soaltee hotel where all the visiting dignitaries are staying.

During his meeting with Afghanistan President Ashraf Ghani, Modi said India was committed to strengthening relations with the war-torn country.

Prime Minister Modi and his Bangladeshi counterpart Sheikh Hasina discussed greater prospects of cooperation amongst democracies of South Asia, according to the External Affairs Ministry Spokesperson.

Inviting Bhutan Prime Minister Tshering Tobgay to visit ‘vibrant Gujarat’ event in January, the Indian leader also appreciated Bhutan National Reading Year – 2015, and committed to send experts who organised ‘Gujarat is Reading’.

Tobgay also welcomed Modi’s leadership role in SAARC.