China has declined to attend the National Security Advisor level meet on Afghanistan on November 10. It cited scheduling difficulties as the reason for non-attendance. Seven countries will attend the meeting, they are Russia, Iran, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan and Kazakhstan. All the eight countries, including India, has not recognized the Taliban rule in Afghanistan. Therefore, has not invited the representatives of the Taliban to the high-level meeting.
Earlier, Pakistan also denied to be present at the meeting. Such an outright rejection from Pakistan casts a shadow on the security issues of Afghanistan and its neighbors. Further, given the fact that Afghanistan shares the longest border with Pakistan, the onus is on Pakistan to co-operate to the maximum level. China on the other hand shares the shortest Afghanistan in the northeast. Even then, its absence at the meeting can stall many fruitful discussions and decisions, as it is a formidable power in Asia.
— United News of India (@uniindianews) November 8, 2021
NSA meet on Afghanistan
India will host NSA-level meeting on Afghanistan on November 10 at New Delhi. India’s National Security Advisor, Mr. Ajit Doval will chair the meeting. Previously, two meetings in this format were held in Iran in September 2018 and December 2019. The third meeting in India could not be held due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
The conference will discuss
- Threat of terrorism emanating from various groups in Afghanistan
- Besides, the menace of drug trafficking, that has engulfed the nation
- The issue of refugees
- Further, the questions on connectivity
- Economic and humanitarian crisis
The attendance from the above mentioned countries underlines the importance attached to India’s role in regional efforts to promote peace, stability and security in Afghanistan. The countries will have a joint strategy to move ahead on the Afghanistan issue. The crux of the discussion will be the security challenges post-Taliban regime, stability in Afghanistan, inclusive government formation and recognition of the current dispensation.