New Delhi: India has said that if there was zero tolerance for terrorism in all its forms and manifestations and it was ensured that Afghan territory would not be used by any terrorist group to threaten or attack any other nation, Afghanistan’s neighbours and the entire region would feel safer.
India’s Permanent Representative to the UN, TS Tirumurti made the statement while addressing a UN Security Council briefing on Afghanistan being held under India’s Presidency of the 15-member Council.
Noting that the Council is meeting for the second time in a period of ten days to discuss the situation in Afghanistan, Tirumurti said, in this short period of time “we have witnessed dramatic changes in the situation.”
“We have also seen very unfortunate scenes at the Hamid Karzai International Airport in Kabul. There is widespread panic among the people. Women and children are in distress. Incidents of firing have been reported from the city, including at the airport. While the security situation remains precarious, a grave humanitarian crisis is unfolding,” he stated.
“It is time for the international community, in particular, this Council, to act and ensure an immediate cessation of violence and contain any possible crisis and mitigate its consequences,” said the Indian Ambassador to the UN.