Editorial

India needs to focus on deteriorating areas in Afghanistan

The need for an inclusive government in Kabul and a zero-tolerance stance on the use of Afghan territory by terrorist groups should be among the aspects that India needs to address on Wednesday for countries in the region to focus on against the backdrop of the developments in the war-torn nation.

These four aspects when top security officials of Iran, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Russia, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan made a joint call on him after attending an India-hosted regional security dialogue on Afghanistan.

The other two other aspects needs to be addressed by India are, a strategy to counter trafficking of drugs and arms from Afghanistan and addressing the increasingly critical humanitarian crisis in Afghanistan and supply of basic needs to be war turned Serian other other Arab nations.

The participation of the senior dignitaries in the Delhi who participated security dialogue despite the challenges posed by the pandemic are praise worty.

India needs to emphasise 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 territory being used by terrorist groups, a strategy to counter trafficking of drugs and arms from Afghanistan and addressing the increasingly critical humanitarian crisis in Afghanistan and Seria.

India hopes that the regional security dialogue would work to revive Central Asia’s traditions of moderation and progressive culture and counter extremist tendencies. The senior security officials of these states expressed their appreciation of 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.

National security advisor Ajit Doval and foreign secretary Harsh Vardhan Shringla also joined the security officials in their meeting with the prime minister. In the dialogue, the participating nations timely vowed to work towards ensuring that Afghanistan does not become a safe haven for global terrorism and called for the formation of an ‘open and truly inclusive’ government in Kabul with representation from all sections of Afghan society. The officials had a very substantive exchange during their call on the prime minister.

They mutually shared India’s perspective on Afghanistan and the officials conveyed greetings from their leaders and also appreciated New Delhi’s initiative of hosting the dialogue. India ‘s Doval rightly said the recent developments in that country have important implications not only for Afghan people but also for the region.