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Here is how India is inching closer to engaging with Taliban | The Dispatch

The New Delhi meeting has committed humanitarian assistance to Afghanistan while it has desired the Taliban make sure their territory is not used for terrorism, extremism and radicalisation. A Taliban spokesman has welcomed the outcome of New Delhi meeting, particularly the commitment to humanitarian assistance and infrastructure development. Over the past decade and half, India has made huge investment in Afghanistan in a bid to gain regional influence.   

Three months after humiliating departure of US forces from Afghanistan leading to a regional policy paralysis in dealing with the upcoming Taliban regime, India appears inching closer to a renewed engagement. On initiatives of National Security Advisor Ajit Doval, the Regional Security Dialogue’s meeting in New Delhi earlier this week sets out a roadmap for engagements with new realities in Afghanistan. National Security Advisors of India, Central Asian countries, Russia and Iran had multilateral and bilateral meetings in New Delhi to think a strategy for dealing with Afghanistan. The regional grouping originally conceived and initiated by Iran way back in 2018 had also invited China and Pakistan but they decided to stay away from the New Delhi conclave. While Pakistan dubbed India as a spoiler, China said it couldn’t attend the meeting due to some scheduling issues. Interestingly, a day after the Delhi conclave of security czars ended, Pakistan convened a similar meeting with China and Russia on the table as also the Foreign Minister of Afghanistan. The New Delhi meeting has committed humanitarian assistance to Afghanistan while it has desired the Taliban make sure their territory is not used for terrorism, extremism and radicalisation. A Taliban spokesman has welcomed the outcome of New Delhi meeting, particularly the commitment to humanitarian assistance and infrastructure development. Over the past decade and half, India has made huge investment in Afghanistan in a bid to gain regional influence.

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Zafar Choudhary

A journalist since 1999, Zafar Choudhary is also a policy analyst and author. An alumni of the London School of Economics, his book ‘Kashmir Conflict and Muslims of Jammu’ addresses a critical gap in scholarship on Kashmir. Zafar is founder and editor of The Dispatch

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