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NSA Doval Says India Will Never Abandon Afghans

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Last Updated: February 08, 2023, 22:57 IST

The NSA said India has a historical and special relationship with Afghanistan. (File Photo: Reuters)

The NSA further said no country should be allowed to use Afghan territory to export terrorism and radicalisation

National Security Advisor Ajit Doval attended participated in the 5th Multilateral Meeting of Secretaries of Security Councils/National Security Advisers on Afghanistan in Moscow on Wednesday.

Apart from the host country, India, Iran, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, China, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan were represented at the meeting. Various issues related to Afghanistan were discussed, including the security situation and humanitarian challenges facing Afghanistan, sources said.

The 3rd round of this Conference was held in New Delhi under the chairmanship of NSA Ajit Doval in November 2021. The 4th meeting was held in Dushanbe, Tajikistan in May 2022.

India Will Never Abandon Afghan People in Their Time of Need: NSA Doval

Highlighting that Afghanistan is passing through a difficult phase, the NSA said India has a historical and special relationship with Afghanistan where the Taliban seized power in August 2021. “Well-being and humanitarian needs of people of Afghanistan is India’s foremost priority. This will continue to guide our approach,” he said.

Doval said India has so far delivered 40,000 MT of wheat, 60 Tons of medicines, 500,000 Covid vaccines, winter clothing and 28 Tons of disaster relief. He said India’s technical team is overseeing our humanitarian assistance programme. Standing with Afghans, India has granted fresh scholarships to 2260 Afghan students including 300 Afghan girls during the past two years, he added.

“India is and will remain an important stakeholder in Afghanistan. We always stood by people of Afghanistan and will always support collective efforts to help Afghan people build a prosperous and vibrant nation once again.”

The NSA said an inclusive and representative dispensation is in the larger interest of Afghan society.

No Country Should Allowed to Use Afghan Territory to Export Terrorism: Doval

Asserting that Terrorism has become a major threat in the region, Doval said dealing with Daesh and terror outfits like LeT and JeM requires intensified intelligence and security cooperation between respective States and its agencies. India reaffirmed the importance of UNSCR 2593 (2021) that calls for terror outfits including those designated by UNSCR 1267 to be denied sanctuary in the region, he said.

The NSA further said no country should be allowed to use Afghan territory to export terrorism and radicalisation. Natural resources of Afghanistan should be utilised first for the welfare of people of Afghanistan, he said.

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