Highlights:
• Shringla said that the UNSCR 2593 mentions that Afghan territory should not be used for sheltering, training, planning, or financing terrorist acts
• He also said that the resolution focuses on the need for the safe departure of those willing to leave, as well as the need to preserve human rights
• Furthermore, Shringla said that the collective approach of the international community is articulated by UNSCR 2593

On Tuesday, Harsh Vardhan Shringla, the foreign secretary, addressed the virtual symposium of principals and teachers of leading schools and said that the UNSCR 2593 adopted by India during its presidency, specifically mention that Afghan territory should not be used for sheltering, training, planning, or financing terrorist acts, while specifically referring to the UN-designated terror groups such as Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) and Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM).

He also said that resolution 2593 focuses on the need for safe passage and secure departure of those willing to leave Afghanistan along with the foreign nationals, as well as the need to preserve human rights, including of women and minorities, and to encourage an inclusive, negotiated political settlement.

Furthermore, Shringla said that the collective approach of the international community is articulated by UNSCR 2593, and the community can only make a meaningful contribution to Afghanistan if it remains true to the principles professed in the resolution. He added that during the time of crisis, India expects them to remain responsive and united.

The foreign secretary stated that the long-standing investment in Afghanistan has earned India “tremendous goodwill and cemented the civilizational bond” with the Afghan nationals, and the friendship between the two sides will guide India’s approach in the future.

Shringla mentioned that the “Neighborhood First” policy shows that India’s destiny is “inextricably linked with its neighbors”, and the neighborhood remains the “primary diplomatic arena.” He added that the evacuation operations from Afghanistan were not completed because of the security situation at the Kabul airport, so resumption of flights is India’s priority and India is closely monitoring the developments in Afghanistan.

He referred to India’s development partnership with Afghanistan and stated that more than 65,000 Afghans have studied in India.

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