There were at least five variations between the Delhi Declaration — an unified statement on the meeting signed by all eight participating countries — and Russia’s own statement on the NSAs’ meeting on Afghanistan, which was released hours earlier Wednesday.
Russian NSA Nikolai Patrushev was present at the meeting, which was led by NSA Ajit Doval.
The Shining Media examines the differences between the two statements.
*The Delhi Declaration strongly condemned all terrorist activities and reaffirmed their firm commitment to combat terrorism in all of its forms and manifestations, including financing, dismantling terrorist infrastructure, and countering radicalization, in order “to ensure that Afghanistan never becomes a safe haven for global terrorism.” The parties reaffirmed their unwavering commitment to combating terrorism in all of its manifestations, according to the Russian statement, although it did not address “guarantee that Afghanistan would never become a safe haven for global terrorists.”
*The Delhi Declaration emphasized the need of protecting women’s, children’s, and minority communities’ fundamental rights. While the Russian statement emphasized the significance of protecting women’s, children’s, and minority rights, it did not refer to them as “basic” rights or claim that they are “not violated.”
*The Delhi Declaration urged regional countries to work together to combat the threat of radicalization, extremism, separatism, and drug trafficking. Collective collaboration on these areas was not mentioned in the Russian statement.
*Recalling “relevant UN Resolutions on Afghanistan,” the participants highlighted that the UN has a crucial role to play in Afghanistan and that its continuous presence in the country must be “maintained,” according to the Delhi Declaration. The UN performs a critical role in Afghanistan, according to the Russian statement, and the permanent UN presence in the nation must be “kept.”
*While the Delhi Declaration said that the next summit will take place in 2022, the Russian statement made no such commitment. Participants agreed to continue discussing Afghan issues in this format, according to the report.
It’s worth noting that Russia is expected to attend the Troika plus meeting with Pakistan, China, the United States, and the Taliban in Islamabad on Thursday, which will be keenly observed by New Delhi.
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