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Pakistan hosts US, China and Russia meeting on Afghanistan a day after India holds NSA talks

An Afghan flag flies on a hilltop in Kabul |  File photo: Victor J. Blue |  Bloomberg
An Afghan flag flies on a hilltop in Kabul | File photo: Victor J. Blue | Bloomberg

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New Delhi: Pakistan will host a meeting Thursday of the special representatives for Afghanistan of the US, China and Russia. The meeting comes a day after India chairs the Delhi Regional Security Dialogue, which will be attended by the national security chiefs from seven countries. Both meetings will focus on Afghanistan.

Pakistani Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi and his national security adviser Moeed Yusuf will announce the ‘Troika Plus‘ meeting.

Thomas West, the United States Department of State Special Representative and Deputy Assistant Secretary for Afghanistan; Zamir Kabulov, Russia’s special envoy to Afghanistan; and China’s Special Envoy for Afghan Affairs, Yue Xiaoyong, will attend the meeting. West succeeded Zalmay Khalilzad, the US special envoy to Afghanistan, after the latter stepped down in October.

Taliban Foreign Minister Amir Khan Muttaqi will represent Afghanistan’s interim government.

“A senior delegation led by FM Mawlawi Amir Khan Muttaqi will travel to Pakistan on November 10. The delegation will discuss strengthening ties, economy, transit, refugees and expanding facilities for the movement of people and will be composed of ministers and working groups from ministries of finance and trade, The spokesman for the Taliban Foreign Ministry Affairs, Abdul Qahar Balkhi, said in a tweet.

Anaamullah Samangani, deputy spokesman for the interim Taliban government, said Muttaqi’s visit to Pakistan follows Qureshi’s visit to Kabul in October.

“During this visit, talks will be held with several Pakistani officials about expanding ties between the two countries, both economic and transit, and facilitating people’s travel on crossings between the two countries,” Samangani said..

The last Troika Plus meeting was held in Moscow last month, to which India was also invited.


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Doval’s one-on-one conversations

On Wednesday, India will host a meeting of the security chiefs of Iran, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Russia, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan on Wednesday for the first time since the Taliban takeover of Afghanistan in August. Regional Security Dialogue in Delhi. National Security Adviser Ajit Doval will chair the meeting.

Pakistani NSA Moeed Yusuf rejected the invitation to attend this dialogue, while China declined, citing scheduling issues.

On the eve of Tuesday’s talks, Doval held face-to-face meetings with his colleagues, Secretary of the Security Council of Tajikistan Nasrullo Rahmatjon Mahmudzoda, and Secretary of the Security Council of Uzbekistan Victor Makhmudov.

According to official sources, the focus of both meetings was on Afghanistan.

While Tajikistan expressed concern about the “sharp increase in terrorist threats from Afghanistan in the recent past,” Uzbekistan’s security chief stressed that the “legitimacy of any Afghan government in Afghanistan was important before the issue of international recognition,” a source said.

India noted the issue of unimpeded access to humanitarian aid to the people of Afghanistan, and called on neighboring countries to play a constructive role in Afghanistan, sources said.

Doval will hold another series of face-to-face meetings with the security chiefs of Russia, Iran and Kazakhstan on Wednesday after the main security dialogue is over.

Meanwhile, the Uzbek security chief also met with Foreign Minister S. Jaishankar.

(Edited by Amit Upadhyaya)


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