Pakistan turns down India’s invitation to attend NSA meeting on Afghanistan


ISLAMABAD – National Security Adviser (NSA) Moeed Yusuf Tuesday 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

The statement comes around two weeks after India sent an invitation to NSAs of China, Pakistan, Russia to discuss the Afghan situation after the Taliban took control of Kabul. The meeting is scheduled for November 10-11.

While addressing the ceremony, Yusuf said that Pakistan is leveraging its geo-economic position by partnering with world countries, including Central Asian states.

He said the Pak-Uzbek security protocol will help boost relations between the two countries.

NSA said that the protocol will help achieve cooperation on terrorism, drug trafficking, and disaster management.

Regarding Afghanistan, Moeed Yusuf said that Pakistan and Uzbekistan have also agreed on key issues of Afghanistan. He urged the world economies to provide support to Afghan people in order to avert a humanitarian crisis there.

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