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Iran, Russia, Central Asia to attend Delhi summit on Afghanistan

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KABUL: Iran, Russia, and Central Asian countries have agreed to attend the Delhi Regional Security Dialogue on Afghanistan on November 10.

India is hosting the meeting this year which will be chaired by India’s National Security Advisor Ajit Doval. The summit will seek to reflect on widespread and growing concern of regional countries about the situation in Afghanistan and their desire to consult and coordinate with each other.

All central Asian countries will be present at the meet, not just countries like Uzbekistan and Tajikistan who share land border with Afghanistan, amid concerns of a spillover of conflict has been increasing.

Last month, Russia hosted a meet on Afghanistan in which India was invited. The “Moscow format” meet on Afghanistan has been taking place for last few years and this was the first since the collapse of the previous Afghan government.

The meet comes months after Taliban takeover of Afghanistan in August. Since then, situation has deteriorated in the country and worries mounted over worsening humanitarian situation. In the past two meetings under the current NSA format has met in Iran, in September 2018 and December 2019. The third such meet was to take place in India but could not happen due to the coronavirus pandemic.

China has not yet responded to India’s invite while Pakistan’s NSA Mooed Yusuf has publicly announced he will not participate.

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