Delhi hosts National Security Adviser level talks on Afghanistan

India has played a vital role in the reconstruction of Afghanistan over the years, spending more than USD three billion in the last two decades on people-centric projects, with even the Taliban acknowledging New Delhi's contribution.

Whether it is G20 Summit, BRICS or bilateral discussion, India has been a critical participant regarding the issue of Afghanistan. Seven security czars from Russia, Iran and all five Central Asian countries will be landing in Delhi on November 9 to attend a regional dialogue on Afghanistan hosted by India.

National Security Advisers of five central Asian countries - Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, and Turkmenistan, besides Russia and Iran - will attend the Delhi meet in Afghanistan.

The meeting will be chaired by India's National Security Advisor Ajit Doval.

India had invited Pakistan and China. However, on the expected line, both declined.

Iran, Russia and all Central Asian countries participating in dialogue here are far from recognising or legitimising the Taliban regime. It is not even on their agenda to recognise the Taliban as they see no change in the Taliban of the 90s and today.

All participating countries have common ground and concern vis-a-vis representation of minorities, inclusiveness, women rights and human rights in Afghanistan.

There is unanimity and common ground, which will be reflected during dialogue. This is not any protocol-driven dialogue. It is a special dialogue with a practical outlook, the big point is will Kabul read the writing on the wall.


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