India on Wednesday hosted National Security Advisor (NSA) meeting to discuss the ongoing situation in neighbouring Afghanistan. This meeting is related to the takeover by the Taliban and eventually fall of the democratically-elected government in Afghanistan.
India’s National Security Advisor (NSA) Ajit Doval chaired the conference. Furthermore, his counterparts from Iran, Russia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Turkmenistan and Tajikistan are in attendance.
Who is attending the meeting?
- Iran’s secretary of Supreme National Security Council Admiral Ali Shamkhani
- Kazakhstan’s Karim Massimov, chairman of the national security committee
- Marat Mukanovich Imankulov, secretary of the security council of Kyrgyz Republic
- Nikolai P Patrushev, secretary of the security of the Russian federation
- Nasrullo Rahmatjon Mahmudzoda, secretary of the security council of Tajikistan
- Charymyrat Kakalyyevvich Amavov, deputy chairman of cabinetry of ministers of Turkmenistan
- Uzbekistan’s Victor Makhmudov, secretary of the security council is also there.
Moreover, China and Pakistan were also invited to the meeting. However, they said that they will not be attending the conference.
However, there was no delegation from Afghanistan was invited.
“It is a privilege for India to host this dialogue today. We have been keenly watching the developments in Afghanistan,” Doval said.
He further said: “This is a time for close consultations amongst us, greater cooperation, and interaction and cooperation among the regional countries. I am confident that our deliberations will be productive, useful and will contribute to helping the people of Afghanistan. It will also enhance our collective security.”
What happened in Afghanistan?
Taliban took over Afghanistan in August in a military offensive in the aftermath of troop withdrawal by the United States and its other Nato allies.
As a result, the exit led to a major humanitarian crisis in Afghanistan.
The country is on the verge of economic collapse as international aid has stopped. Moreover, Afghanistan is also facing a threat from the Islamic State, as there were attacks from the Islamic state over the last few months.