New Delhi: The recent developments in Afghanistan have important implications not only for the people of that country but also for its neighbors and the region, National Security Adviser (NSA) Ajit Doval said at an eight-nation dialogue hosted by India on the Afghan crisis.
Chairing the meet, Doval in his opening remarks said it is time to have close consultations, greater cooperation, and coordination among the regional countries on the Afghan situation.
The Delhi Regional Security Dialogue on Afghanistan is being attended by security czars of Russia, Iran, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan.
India is hosting the dialogue to firm up a common approach for practical cooperation in confronting increasing threats of terrorism, radicalization and drug trafficking following the Taliban’s takeover of Kabul.
“We are meeting today to discuss matters relating to Afghanistan. We all have been keenly watching the developments in that country,” Doval said.
“These have important implications not only for the people of Afghanistan but also for its neighbors and the region,” he said.
This is the third such meeting that is being held on the Afghan situation. The previous two regional meetings in this format were held in Iran in September 2018 and December 2019.
China and Pakistan had already said that they will not be attending the conference. No delegation from Afghanistan was invited.