New Delhi: The Heads of the National Security Councils of seven nations, who were in Delhi for the Regional Security Dialogue on Afghanistan hosted on Wednesday 10 November 2021 by National Security Advisor Ajit Doval, collectively called on Prime Minister Narendra Modi after the completion of the Dialogue.
In their comments to the Prime Minister, the senior security officers, representing the nations of Iran, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Russia, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan, expressed their appreciation of India’s initiative in organising the Dialogue and of the quality of the exchanges. They also conveyed the perspectives of their respective countries on the Afghan situation.
Prime Minister appreciated the participation of the senior dignitaries in the Delhi Security Dialogue despite the challenges posed by the pandemic. He emphasised four aspects that countries in the region would need to focus on, in the context of Afghanistan:
- the need for an inclusive governement
- zero-tolerance for Afghan territory being used by terrorist groups
- strategy to counter trafficking of drugs and arms from Afghanistan, and
- addressing the increasingly critical humanitarian crisis in Afghanistan.
Prime Minister also expressed the hope that the Regional Security Dialogue would work to revive Central Asia’s traditions of moderation and progressive culture, and counter extremist tendencies.
The first two editions of the “Regional Security Dialogue on Afghanistan” were hosted by the Islamic Republic of Iran in 2018 and 2019.
The Delhi Regional Security Dialogue on Afghanistan witnessed an expanded participation of Iran, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyz Republic, Russia, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan. These countries were represented by their respective National Security Advisers / Secretaries of the Security Councils.
Pakistan and China stayed away from the Delhi Dialogue.
The high level Dialogue reviewed the security situation in the region arising from recent developments in Afghanistan. It deliberated upon measures to address the relevant security challenges and measues to support the people of Afghanistan in promoting peace, security and stability.
India has traditionally enjoyed close and friendly ties with the people of Afghanistan and has called for a unified international response to address the security and humanitarian challenges facing Afghanistan.