Eye On Taliban: India To Host A Regional Summit On Afghanistan On November 10

On the 10th of November 2021, India will be hosting the Delhi Regional Security Dialogue on Afghanistan, which will bring next to each other senior intelligence agents from around the zone to examine developments in Kabul since the Taliban took control.

Pakistan has been invited to the summit, but Moeed Yusuf, the nation's National Security Adviser, has stated that he will not go. On Friday, persons acquainted with the situation said on asked to remain anonymous that a formal answer to an invitation to China is also anticipated.

New Delhi is not concerned about Islamabad's stance because Russia, Iran, and key Central Asian states have committed their attendance at the summit, which will be led by India's National Security Advisor Ajit Doval.

According to the people described above, this will be the first time that all Central Asian countries - not only Afghanistan's near land neighbours Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan – would participate in discussions in this style.

According to one of the participants, India's invitation has received a massive reaction.

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The positive reaction, according to the source, demonstrates the significance India places on its role in regional initiatives to foster peace and stability in Afghanistan.

In September 2018 and December 2019, Iran hosted two previous sessions in this format. Because of the Covid-19 epidemic, the third meeting in India could not take place as planned.

The planned discussion is being viewed as a key component of India's attempt to remain prominent in the aftermath of the Afghan upheavals.

Even though Pakistan has not officially reacted to India's invitation to the conference, Yusuf said he will not go to a news conference in Islamabad on Tuesday.

Following a discussion with his Uzbek colleague Victor Makhmudov, Yusuf stated that he will not be travelling.

In an evident allusion to India, he also stated that a spoiler cannot claim to be a mediator. Yusuf also stated at the conference that Pakistan has recognized India as a barrier to regional safety and reconciliation initiatives.

Pakistan's decision, according to the person quoted above, was sad but not unexpected.

It also underscores Pakistan's perception of Afghanistan as a dominion, according to the source. Pakistan has never joined a conference of this type before.

According to the source, Yusuf's remarks against India were a fruitless attempt to divert attention away from Pakistan's heinous role in Afghanistan.

According to the people, the high-level involvement in the next meeting demonstrates regional countries' widespread and rising worry about the situation in Afghanistan, as well as their readiness to communicate and cooperate. They went on to say that India has a key role to play in this process.

After the Taliban seized the nation in mid-August, the Indian administration has warned the international community not to hurry into any public acknowledgement of the Taliban's set-up in Kabul. It has also asked the global community to make sure that the Taliban keep their promises that terror groups will not be allowed to operate on Afghan soil, particularly Pakistan-based gangs like Lashkar-e-Taiba and Jaish-e-Mohammed.