The Ministry of Foreign Affairs office informed that EAM Dr. S Jaishankar will be traveling to Tajikistan this week. He will attend an important meeting on the Afghanistan issue. Jaishankar is also said to hold talks with counterparts from several countries, including Iran, on the rapidly evolving situation in the war-torn country.
On September 16 and 17, Jaishankar will hold bilateral meetings in the Tajikistan capital of Dushanbe. He will also meet the Russian counterpart, Sergey Lavrov. Reportedly, both Chinese foreign minister Wang Yi and Pakistani foreign minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi will be in Dushanbe. However, there is no confirmation that the delegates will meet Jaishankar.
High-ranking delegations from 17 countries and the secretary generals of SCO and CSTO are gathering in Dushanbe for the summit and the meeting in Afghanistan. CSTO is a military alliance of Russia, Armenia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, and Tajikistan.
The PMO office mentioned that PM Modi will join the summit of heads of state of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) on September 17 virtually. On the other hand, Jaishankar will represent India in the meeting on Afghanistan of heads of state of SCO and the Russia-led Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO) the same day. Officials claimed that Jaishankar’s meeting will help to review the situation in Afghanistan.
Meanwhile, Iran has kept open its mission in Kabul and continued interactions with the Taliban leadership, despite having security concerns regarding Afghanistan, including the well-being of the Shia Hazara minority.