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8 nations urge an open, inclusive government in Afghanistan

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KABUL: Eight nations including India, Iran and Central Asian countries have stressed the need for forming “an open and truly inclusive government” in Afghanistan, at the third Regional Security Dialogue held in New Delhi on Wednesday.

The National Security Advisers and Secretaries of the National Security Councils of India, Iran, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Russia, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan issued a joint statement after the summit, urging an open and truly all-inclusive government in Kabul.

The eight nations discussed the crisis in Afghanistan and voiced support for a peaceful, secure, and stable Afghanistan.

“The respect for sovereignty, unity and territorial integrity and non-interference in its internal affairs,” read the statement. “A truly inclusive government should be formed to represent the will of all the people of Afghanistan and has representation from all sections of their society, including major ethno-political forces in the country.”

They emphasized that Afghanistan’s territory should not be used for sheltering, training, planning, or financing any terrorist acts. They also expressed concern over the “menace of radicalization, extremism, separatism and drug trafficking in the region.”

The importance of ensuring that the fundamental rights of women, children, and minority communities are not violated was also discussed in the meeting.

The leaders also expressed concern over the deteriorating socio-economic and humanitarian situation in Afghanistan and underlined the need to provide urgent humanitarian assistance to the people of Afghanistan.

The representatives of the eight nations “condemned in the strongest terms all terrorist activities and reaffirmed their firm commitment to combat terrorism” to ensure that the Afghan soil would never become a safe haven for global terrorism.

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