New Delhi: The Delhi Regional Security Dialogue on Afghanistan, being hosted by India, began in Delhi on Wednesday. Eight nations are participating in the dialogue. These include, besides India, Russia, Iran, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan. China and Pakistan have given the meeting a miss.
India’s national security advisor Ajit Doval, who chaired the meet, said it was time for regional countries to have close consultations, greater cooperation and coordination on the situation in Afghanistan.
“It is a privilege for India to host the dialogue today with participation of all the Central Asian countries and Russia,” Doval said. He pointed out that the developments in Afghanistan impact the entire region, not just its neighbours.
Neighbouring nations have been closely watching the movements in the country since its takeover by the Taliban in August this year.
The dialogue will focus on finding a common approach for cooperation in confronting the increasing threats of terrorism, radicalization and drug trafficking following the Taliban’s takeover.
“As we’ve a long border with Afghanistan, the current situation creates extra risk and possibilities for drug trafficking and terrorism. The situation on Tajik-Afghan borders remains complicated,” said Nasrullo Rahmatjon Mahmudzoda, Secretary, Security Council of Tajikistan. He added that his country was ready to participate in all programs that could help the people of Afghanistan.
Doval expressed confidence that the deliberations would be productive, useful, contribute to help the Afghan people.
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