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India, Russia hold NSA-level talks in Delhi; discuss ‘peaceful settlement process, development in Afghanistan’

Amid a developing political situation in Afghanistan, Russian Secretary of Security Council Nikolai Patrushev and India’s National Security Advisor (NSA) Ajit Doval held talks in New Delhi on Wednesday. The two sides reportedly reviewed the political, security and humanitarian situation in Afghanistan.

“The consultations reflect the desire, importance and potential for a significant increase in political-security cooperation between India and Russia in Afghanistan,” official sources told news agency ANI.

The two also reportedly reviewed activities of terrorist groups such as Jaish-e-Muhammed and Lashkar-e-Taiba, and revisited cooperation between Moscow and New Delhi to assist Afghanistan in its hour of crisis. The development is significant as Russian envoy Nikolay Kudashev had recently cited that the instability in Afghanistan could also spread terror to Russia and Kashmir.

Joint statement by India and Russia:

Secretary of the Security Council of the Russian Federation Nikolai Patrushev and National Security Advisor to the Prime Minister of the Republic of India Ajit Doval discussed deepening bilateral cooperation in the field of security with an emphasis on further interaction on the anti-terrorist track, combating illegal migration and drug trafficking.

Attention was paid to intensifying joint work of the both countries’ special services and military bodies.

As a follow-up to the telephone conversation between Russian President Vladimir Putin and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on August 24, an exchange of views took place on the military, political and socio-economic situation in Afghanistan.

They also touched upon humanitarian and migration problems in this country, as well as prospects for the Russian-Indian joint efforts aimed at creating conditions for launching a peaceful settlement process on the basis of an intra-Afghan dialogue.

In addition, the sides agreed to coordinate the approaches of Russia and India in multilateral formats on the Afghan settlement.

The importance of defining parameters of the future state structure of Afghanistan by the Afghans themselves, as well as the need to prevent the escalation of violence, social, ethnic and confessional contradictions in the country, was emphasised.

 

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