India is organizing the Delhi Regional Security Dialogue on Afghanistan on 10 November. The meeting will be chaired by National Security Advisor Ajit Doval. China and Pakistan have also been invited to this. According to sources in the Ministry of External Affairs, its earlier two meetings were held in Iran in September 2018 and December 2019. But after this the third meeting which was proposed in India could not be held due to Corona epidemic. It is being organized now.
Many countries have responded meaningfully to India’s invitation. Central Asian countries including Russia and Iran have also provided information on their participation. This is the first time that all Central Asian countries are participating for the first time. It is also of importance in the way that other countries are eager to cooperate in India’s efforts to restore peace and security in Afghanistan.
External Affairs Ministry sources said that China and Pakistan have also been invited to participate in the meeting. A formal reply from both the countries is awaited. However, media reports are getting information that Pakistan will not take part in it. Foreign Ministry sources said that it would be unfortunate for Pakistan to do so. But this is no surprise. It shows what is Pakistan’s thinking about Afghanistan as a protected state. He has also not participated in the earlier meetings held in this form. Regarding Pakistan’s remarks, India also believes that it is trying unsuccessfully to divert the attention of the world from its harmful role in Afghanistan.
India’s Comprehensive View on Afghanistan
Sources in the Ministry of External Affairs said that the high-level participation in the meeting next week will make it clear that India is going to play an important role in improving the situation in Afghanistan. It also makes it clear that India has a broader view on the concerns of regional countries regarding Afghanistan.