Following the fall of the democratically elected government and the subsequent Taliban takeover of Afghanistan, India organised a regional meeting on Wednesday to examine the current situation in the nation. Ajit Doval, India’s National Security Advisor (NSA), is the conference’s chair, and his equivalents from Iran, Russia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Turkmenistan, and Tajikistan are in attendance.
Admiral Ali Shamkhani, secretary of Iran’s Supreme National Security Council; Karim Massimov, chairman of Kazakhstan’s national security committee; Marat Mukanovich Imankulov, secretary of the Kyrgyz Republic’s security council; Nikolai P Patrushev, secretary of the Russian Federation’s security council; Nasrullo Rahmatjon Mahmudzoda, secretary of Tajikistan’s security council; and Charymyrat Kakalyyevvich Victor Makhmudov, the Secretary of the Security Council of Uzbekistan, is also present.
The NSAs of Russia, Iran, China, Pakistan, Tajikistan, and Uzbekistan have been formally invited to the summit by India. China and Pakistan, on the other hand, have already stated that they will not be attending the summit. Afghanistan was not represented by a delegation.
According to sources familiar with the developments, this is the first time that all Central Asian countries — not only Afghanistan’s near land neighbours Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan – are participating in conversations in this manner alongside Kazakhstan and the Kyrgyz Republic.
The meeting is being viewed as part of India’s efforts to remain relevant in the aftermath of the Afghan developments.
This is the third time a meeting on the Afghan issue has been conducted. In September 2018 and December 2019, Iran hosted the previous two regional meetings in this manner.
According to local media sources, Kabul sees the conference as a positive move toward “facilitating the provision of assistance to Afghanistan.”
In August, the Taliban launched a military onslaught after the US and other Nato partners withdrew their troops from Afghanistan. In Afghanistan, the disorganised evacuation resulted in a serious humanitarian crisis.
Afghanistan’s Taliban government has been publicly recognised by no country, and the country is on the point of economic collapse since international aid has ceased. Afghanistan is also under attack from the Islamic State, which has increased its attacks in recent months.
Since the Taliban took control of Kabul, the Indian government has warned the international community not to hurry to recognise the new administration in Kabul. It has also urged foreign governments to ensure that the Taliban keep their promises that terror groups will not be allowed to operate on Afghan soil, particularly Pakistan-based groups like Lashkar-e-Taiba and Jaish-e-Mohammed.
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