After Pakistan, China skips India’s Afghan conference


BEIJING – Days after Pakistan rejected the Indian side’s invitation to attend a regional summit on Afghanistan, China announced on Tuesday that it will not attend the moot.

“China is not able to attend the meeting due to scheduling reasons and has notified the Indian side in reply,” Chinese foreign ministry spokesperson Wang Wenbin confirmed the development during a regular press briefing.

The Delhi Regional Security Dialogue on Afghanistan is scheduled to be held on November 10 and it will be chaired by Indian National Security Adviser (NSA) Ajit Doval.

National security advisers of Russia, Iran, and five Central Asian countries – Kazakhstan, Kyrgyz Republic, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan – will attend the meeting.

On November 2, National Security Adviser (NSA) Moeed Yusuf categorically stated that he will not visit New Delhi to attend a meeting regarding the developing situation in Afghanistan.

He stated while talking to media after attending a ceremony during which Pakistan and Uzbekistan signed a protocol on the establishment of a joint security commission to enhance bilateral cooperation in security-related matters.

While apparently hinting at India’s negative role in Afghanistan during the government of former president Ashraf Ghani, Yusuf said that a spoiler could not be a peacemaker.

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