India on Wednesday hosted a regional security dialogue on Afghanistan following the Taliban takeover of the country.
The “Delhi Regional Security Dialogue on Afghanistan” was attended by the National Security Advisors of Iran, Russia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan.
China and Pakistan did not attend the meeting.
Islamabad will host the Troika Plus Summit on Thursday, where the representatives of the United States, China, and Russia will attend to discuss Afghanistan.
In his opening remarks, India’s National Security Advisor (NSA), Ajit Doval said that it’s time to have close consultations and cooperation among the regional countries on the situation in Afghanistan.
Recent developments in Afghanistan have important implications, not only for the people of the country but also for its neighbors and the region, he added.
“We are meeting today to discuss matters relating to Afghanistan. We all have been keenly watching the developments in that country,” Doval added.
“I am confident that our deliberations will be productive, useful and will contribute to help the people in Afghanistan and enhance our collective security,” he added.
In their brief opening, the NSA’s of Iran, Russia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan, emphasized on the efforts to deal with terrorism and drug trafficking originating in Afghanistan.
The NSA’s also pushed for humanitarian aid to the Afghan people due to worsening humanitarian conditions in the country. The aid should reach vulnerable Afghans before the onset of winter, they called.
Taliban’s Foreign Minister, Amir Khan Muttaqi will lead a delegation heading to Pakistan today (Wednesday), according to his spokesman, Abdul Qahar Balkhi
Balkhi said that ministers of finance and trade will be in the delegation.
This comes as the US Special Representative for Afghanistan, Tom West, expressed Washington’s concern about an increase in attacks by Islamic State’s affiliate in Afghanistan and al-Qaeda’s ongoing presence there.
United States NSA, Jake Sullivan, has said that the US will not provide funds directly to the Taliban government until they fulfill their pledges, including forming an inclusive government.
Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid said that they are optimistic about the regional meeting on Afghanistan in India. He said this in a press conference on Wednesday in Kabul, the capital city of Afghanistan.
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