HIGHLIGHTS:

  • The meeting hosted by India will be the first-of-its-kind dialogue.
  • Pakistan and China are likely to be invited to take part in the meeting, apart from Russia, Tajikistan, and Uzbekistan.
  • If the Pakistan delegate agrees to attend the meeting, it will be the first visit by incumbent NSA Yusuf to India.

Next month, India is all set to conduct a national security advisor-level meeting on Afghanistan in New Delhi. This will be the first-of-its-kind dialogue to be hosted by New Delhi. It is likely to take place on November 10 and 11.

Sources revealed that the meeting will be similar to the regional security conference held in Iran in 2019. Pakistan and China are likely to be invited to take part in the meeting, apart from Russia, Tajikistan, and Uzbekistan. The invitation for the same has been extended to Pakistan’s NSA Moeed Yusuf. Previously, the conference was on the cards even before the Taliban takeover of the country. New Delhi was planning to hold a conference on Afghanistan before, but the move was derailed during the pandemic and then the Afghanistan government was toppled by the Taliban.

If the Pakistan delegate agrees to attend the meeting, it will be the first visit by incumbent NSA Yusuf to India. The conference will take place after New Delhi and Taliban representatives meet face-to-face in Russia on the Moscow Format, to be held on October 20.

Officials have mentioned that there will be no Taliban present at the meeting. On the question of recognising the Taliban rule in Afghanistan, India has clarified its stance that it will stand by the Afghan people. PM Modi has urged the international community to ensure that Afghan territory does not become a source of radicalisation and terrorism.

The first official contact between New Delhi and the Taliban was on August 31 when the ambassador of India to Qatar, Deepak Mittal, met Sher Mohammad Abbas Stanekzai, the head of Taliban’s political office in Doha. That meeting took place at the Embassy of India in Doha at the request of the Taliban side.

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