Modi, 5 central asia heads of state discuss Afghan situation

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India’s prime minister hosted a virtual summit with five leaders of Central Asian states to discuss the Afghan situation, and the formation of an inclusive government in Afghanistan was discussed.

The meeting was attended by Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, President of Kazakhstan Kassym Jomart Tokayev, President of Kyrgyzstan Sadyr Japarov, President of Tajikistan Emomali Rahmon, President of Turkmenistan Gurbanguly Berdimu-hamedov and President of Uzbekistan Shavkat Mirziyoyev, according to Delhi Declaration of the 1st India-Central Asia Summit.

The Delhi Declaration said that the participants discussed the current Afghan situation and its im-pact on regional stability and security.

“They reiterated strong support for a peaceful, se-cure and stable Afghanistan while emphasizing the respect for sovereignty, unity and territorial integrity and non-interference in its internal affairs. They also discussed the current humanitarian situation and decided to continue to provide immediate humani-tarian assistance to the people of Afghanistan, the Delhi Declaration read.

“They noted that there is a broad ‘regional consen-sus’ on the issues related to Afghanistan, which includes formation of a truly representative and inclusive government, combating terrorism and drug trafficking, central role of the UN, providing imme-diate humanitarian assistance for the people of Af-ghanistan and preserving the rights of women, chil-dren and other national ethnic groups and minori-ties,” the Declaration added.

The Indian Prime Minister expressed his concerns over the recent changes in Afghanistan.

also discussed the evolving situation in Afghanistan with the Central Asian leaders. The leaders reiter-ated their strong support for a peaceful, secure and stable Afghanistan with a truly representative and inclusive government. Prime Minister conveyed India’s continued commitment to provide humani-tarian assistance to the Afghan people,” Modi was cited in a statement of the Indian External Ministry.

“Our common priorities include, providing imme-diate humanitarian assistance, ensuring formation of a truly representative and inclusive government, combating terrorism and drug trafficking and pre-serving the rights of women, children and minori-ties,” said Reenat Sandhu, Secretary of the India foreign ministry.

According to the Delhi Declaration, the participants of the talks called on Uzbekistan to hold a high-level international conference on Afghanistan “un-der the auspices of the SCO in July 2022 in Tash-kent.”

The Islamic Emirate has repeatedly said that the current Afghan government is inclusive and that it represents all aspects of the society.

Indians due to their serious competition with Paki-stan and its historic relations with Afghanistan, do not consider the existing situation optimal and there-fore seeks to pursue their interests with an inclusive and stable government and (a government) which is moderated in regional engagement,” said Sayed Baqir Mohseni, a political analyst.

This comes as Moscow once again stated its will-ingness to host an intra-Afghan dialogue if it was asked to.

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