8 nations NSA meet on Afghanistan: India calls for open, inclusive govt in Afghan
National Security Advisor (NSA) Ajit Doval on Wednesday chaired the eight nations NSA-level meet for close consultations and greater cooperation among the regional countries.
The meeting was held in New Delhi, in which Ajit Doval said in his opening remark, “I am confident that our deliberation will be productive, useful, and will contribute to help the people of Afghanistan and enhance our collective security.”
He further said, “We have been keenly watching the developments in Afghanistan. These have important implications not only for the people of Afghanistan but also for its neighbouring countries and the region.”
Top security officials of eight countries, including India, Iran and Russia, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, and Uzbekistan on Wednesday called for closer coordination and collective efforts to tackle threats such as terrorism emanating from Afghanistan and to address a looming humanitarian crisis.
The eight nations reiterated collective cooperation against the menace of radicalization, extremism, separatism, and drug trafficking in the region.
The participant countries also stressed the necessity of forming an open and truly inclusive government that represents the will of all the people of Afghanistan and has representation from all sections of their society and the inclusion of all sections of the society in the administrative setup.
Participating in the Dialogue, the Secretary of Security Council of Turkmenistan Charymyrat Amanov said, “This meeting gives us the opportunity to find solutions to the prevailing situation in Afghanistan, and to establish peace in this region.”
Stressing on the need to restore peace in the region, the Secretary of the Security Council of Uzbekistan Victor Makhmudov, said, “To restore peace in Afghanistan and the region altogether, we have to find a collective solution. It is possible only through joint efforts.”
Noting that the risk of drug trafficking and terrorism was greater in his country, Tajikistan’s representative Nasrullo Rahmatjon Mahmudzoda said, “The situation on the Tajik-Afghan border remains complicated. We as the neighbouring country are ready to participate in all programs that can help the people of Afghanistan.”
During the deliberation, they expressed deep concern over the suffering of the people of Afghanistan arising from the security situation in Afghanistan and condemned the recent terror attacks in Kunduz, Kandahar, and Kabul. Similarly, they also emphasized that Afghanistan’s territory should not be used for sheltering, training, planning, or financing any terrorist acts.
They also emphasized ensuring that the fundamental rights of women, children, and minority communities are not violated in the war-torn country and expressed concern over the deteriorating socio-economic and humanitarian situation in Afghanistan.
The participants thanked India for holding the Third Regional Security Dialogue on Afghanistan in New Delhi. The participants agreed to hold the next round in 2022.
According to an Indian assessment, the five main threats and challenges following the Taliban takeover on August 15 are terrorism within Afghanistan and across its borders, radicalization, and extremism, cross-border movements, drug production, and trafficking, and the danger posed by vast amounts of weapons and military gear left behind by US troops.
India is looking to the dialogue to help forge a joint approach for tackling security threats emanating from Afghanistan.
[With Inputs from IANS]
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