After Pakistan, now China has refused to attend the NSA meeting to be held in Delhi on November 10 regarding the issue of Afghanistan. Responding for not attending the meeting, China said it was unable to attend due to “scheduling issues”. At the same time, sources said that China has conveyed to India that it is ready for talks multilaterally and bilaterally with India on the issue of Afghanistan. National Security Advisor Ajit Doval will lead this regional security dialogue to be held in Delhi. Before China, Pakistan had also refused to attend this meeting.
On not attending the meeting, sources had said that Pakistan’s decision was unfortunate but not surprising, reflecting its mentality to see Afghanistan as its puppet. Iran, Russia, Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan, Turkmenistan, Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan have confirmed their participation in this meeting regarding Afghanistan.
Regarding Afghanistan’s non-participation in talks, sources said that none of the eight countries recognize or legitimize the Taliban government. India has also not given, so it has not invited Afghanistan to it. Earlier Iran hosted similar meetings in 2018 and 2019.
Even then Pakistan did not join anyone, but China did. The NSAs attending this meeting will jointly meet Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Ajit Doval will hold bilateral talks with his counterparts Uzbekistan and Tajikistan on Tuesday ahead of the meeting on Afghanistan.