India and European Union will be expanding their dialogue and coordination over Afghanistan. On Tuesday PM Narendra Modi discussed the pressing issue with a top EU official ahead of Foreign Minister S Jaishankar’s meeting with EU Foreign Ministers in Slovenia on Friday coinciding with the 16th edition of Bled Strategic Forum. “Spoke with @eucopresident Charles Michel, President of the European Council, about the evolving situation in Afghanistan. Also reiterated our commitment to further strengthening India-EU relations,” Modi tweeted. Slovenia holds the rotating presidency of Council of the European Union for the period July to December 2021.In this capacity, it will host an informal meeting of the EU Foreign Affairs Council on September 3, which will be attended by EU Foreign Ministers. This format, known as the Gymnich meeting, is a highlight of each Presidency.A special invitation has been extended to Jaishankar by the EU Presidency to participate in this informal meeting and interact with the EU FMs, sources said. Focus of discussions is likely to be on developments in Afghanistan and the Indo-Pacific EU’s Indo-Pacific Strategy is expected in September 2021. On September 3 Jaishankar will outline India’s Indo-Pacific strategy at the Bled Strategic Forum.

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