Today, on November 16, newly appointed US Special Representative for Afghanistan, Thomas west visited New Delhi. Thomas West called on NSA Ajit Doval and Foreign Secretary Harsh Vardhan Shringla. Recently, Thomas West took over the role of the State Department’s Special Representative and Deputy Assistant Secretary for Afghanistan.
The focus of the discussions were on the current developments in Afghanistan. The topics included the recently held Regional Security Dialogue of NSAs on Afghanistan hosted by NSA Ajit Doval. Also, about the movement of people in and out of the Taliban controlled country. Further, they discussed coordination of global efforts on humanitarian assistance to Afghanistan, regional security issues, and other bilateral and international issues of mutual interest, sources revealed.
Newly appointed US Special Representative for Afghanistan, Thomas West visited New Delhi today. He called on the NSA & the Foreign Secretary. Discussions were focussed on the current developments in Afghanistan: Sources https://t.co/mNutAXV58d
— ANI (@ANI) November 16, 2021
Earlier, Mr. West also visited Moscow. There he met Zamir Kabulov, the veteran Russian envoy for Afghanistan. Moreover, he met Deputy Secretary of the Russian Security Council Alexander Venediktov. The topics of the discussions included Taliban’s commitments to the international community. Previously, the US and Russian envoys had met at the Troika Plus meeting in Islamabad which took place a day after the Regional Security Dialogue of NSAs that was held in New Delhi.
Regional Security Dialogue of NSAs
The Delhi Regional Security Dialogue on Afghanistan was hosted by India’s National Security Adviser Ajit Doval on November 10. It brought together the NSAs of Russia, Iran, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyz Republic, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan. They discussed about the serious situation in Afghanistan since the Taliban’s takeover. Their focus was to find ways to prevent the neighboring countries from any threat arising out of the Taliban controlled soil. The countries that took part in the security dialogue are all neighbors of Afghanistan and it was of utmost importance for them to have a plan to tackle the crisis situation. The participants vowed to combat terrorism in all its forms and manifestations. They also demanded an open and truly inclusive government that represents the will of all the people of Afghanistan.