India invites Pakistan, other regional powers for Afghan talks


DELHI – India has invited national security advisors (NSAs) of Pakistan and other regional countries for talks on Afghanistan.

New Delhi is going to hold talks in November this year, months after the Taliban took control of Kabul after removing former president Ashraf Ghani’s government in August.

India has sent an invitation to Pakistan’s NSA Moeed Yusuf and officials of Iran, Russia, China, Tajikistan, and Uzbekistan for the meeting to be chaired by Indian NSA Ajit Doval.

Pakistani officials are yet to confirm the invitation.

The invitation to Pakistan for a multilateral format meeting comes weeks after a three-member Indian delegation took part in the Regional Anti-Terror Mechanism meeting of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO-RATS) in Pakistan’s Pabbi in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province.

It also comes after Indian parliament Speaker Om Birla sent invitation to Pakistan’s Senate chairman Sadiq Sanjrani for the centennial celebration of the creation of the Public Accounts Committee of Parliament in early December.

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