PM Modi meets visiting 7 NSAs, discusses Afghan situation

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday met National Security Advisors of the seven countries who participated in the Delhi Regional Security Dialogue on Afghanistan, hosted by India earlier in the day

Soon after the completion of the Dialogue, the security representatives of five Central Asian countries – Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, and Uzbekistan, along with Russia and Iran, called on the PM.

During the meet, Modi emphasised four aspects that countries in the region would need to focus on, in the context of Afghanistan – the need for an inclusive government, a zero-tolerance stance about Afghan soil being used by terrorist groups, a strategy to counter trafficking of drugs and arms from Afghanistan, and the need to address the increasingly critical humanitarian crisis in war-torn country.

The Prime Minister also expressed the hope that the Regional Security Dialogue would work to revive Central Asia’s traditions of moderation and progressive culture, and counter extremist tendencies.

The security representatives of these seven nations appreciated India’s initiative in organising the Dialogue and of the quality of the exchanges. They also conveyed the perspectives of their respective countries on the Afghan situation.

Modi also appreciated the participation of the senior dignitaries in the Delhi Security Dialogue despite the challenges posed by the Covid pandemic.

Afghanistan’s territory must not be used for any terror activities, the eight nations participating in the Delhi’s Regional Security Dialogue asserted on Wednesday in a joint declaration.

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