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India plans Afghan summit in November, may invite Pak too

  • Published at 05:53 pm October 16th, 2021
Taliban members pose for a photograph in Kabul, Afghanistan, September 4, 2021 Reuters

Even though there is no initial plan to invite the Taliban,  the speculation of Pakistan being invited to the talks is not ruled out as yet

In continuation of its push for ensuring an inclusive Afghanistan government by pressuring the Taliban with the help of different stakeholders, India is eyeing a conference on the developing situation in the South Asian nation next month.

Revealing the matter, the Times of India reports that Indian government is already in touch with Russia, China, US and several other regional nations for the conference.

The event may be held in the second week of November, with sources saying that there are no initial plans to invite the Taliban. However, the speculation of Pakistan being invited to the talks is not ruled out as yet.

India had planned a similar conference in May this year with the participation of the then Afghanistan authorities and also Pakistan. However, the Covid-19 second wave put paid to the plans.

After the Taliban takeover of Afghanistan in mid-August, the scenario has become much complicated now.

The conference in India will observe the Moscow Format talks on October 20. Other than host Russia, the event will also involve India, China, Pakistan and Iran.

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The conference in India is more likely to carry forward the agenda of the Moscow Format talks and can look to make sure a more inclusive government in Afghanistan while emphasising on the need for the Taliban to ensure that the Afghan territory is not used for cross-border terrorism.

While India’s first formal contact with the Taliban was in Doha on August 31, the Moscow Format will enable the first formal contact between New Delhi and the interim Taliban government in Kabul.

Moscow had hosted an international conference on Afghanistan in March at which Russia, the United States, China and Pakistan released a joint statement calling on the then-warring Afghan sides to reach a peace deal and curb violence.

The Moscow Format launched by Russia is a negotiation mechanism established in 2017 to address Afghan issues. It currently includes India, USA, Afghanistan, China, Pakistan, Iran and Central Asian states.

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