The ‘Extended Troika’ meeting organized by Russia is to be held in Qatar on 11 August. India, while not giving much importance to the issue of not being invited, said that India is in regular touch with Russia regarding Afghanistan.
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Russian President Vladimir Putin.
Afghanistan latest News: Russia has not invited India to an important meeting convened on the rapidly changing situation in Afghanistan. Pakistan, China and the US are likely to attend the meeting on August 11. As Taliban attacks in Afghanistan escalate, Russia has stepped up efforts to reach all major parties in the war-torn country to stop the violence and push for the Afghan peace process.
India, while not giving much importance to the issue of not being invited, said that India is in regular touch with Russia regarding Afghanistan. Foreign Ministry spokesperson Arindam Bagchi said, “We are both bound by a special strategic partnership. We discuss Afghanistan regularly with Russia. The ‘Extended Troika’ meeting is to be held in Qatar on 11 August. Under its format, talks were held earlier on March 18 and April 30. Russia is also conducting a ‘Moscow format’ of talks to establish peace in Afghanistan and set the conditions for the process of national reconciliation.
India was likely to be included in the meeting
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said in Tashkent last month that his country would continue to work with India and other countries that could affect the situation in Afghanistan. After these comments, there were speculations that India could be included in the upcoming ‘Extended Troika’ meeting.
United Nations Security Council meeting
Meanwhile, Afghanistan’s Ambassador to India Fareed Mamundzee termed the decision to hold a meeting of the UN Security Council on August 6 to discuss the situation in Afghanistan as a positive step. India’s Ambassador to the United Nations TS Tirumurti announced that the situation in Afghanistan will be discussed in the UN Security Council meeting on Friday under the chairmanship of India. Mamundje tweeted, “Convening an emergency session of the UN Security Council on Afghanistan is a positive step. The United Nations and the international community must play an important role in preventing the tragedy in Afghanistan caused by terrorist violence and atrocities. Thank you India for your leading role as UNSC President.
Afghanistan had demanded an emergency session
The decision to hold the UNSC meeting came two days after Afghan Foreign Minister Mohammad Hanif Atmar spoke to his Indian counterpart S Jaishankar on convening an emergency session of the UN Security Council to stop Taliban violence. India is the President of the UNSC for the month of August. India is a major party to peace and stability in Afghanistan. It has invested nearly $3 billion in aid and reconstruction activities in the war-torn country. India has been supportive of a national peace and reconciliation process led by Afghanistan. (Language)
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