Ajit Doval reiterates India's support to Afghanistan, urges joint fight against terrorism

Dushanbe (Tajikistan):

National Security Advisor (NSA) Ajit Doval on Friday reiterated India’s support to the people of Afghanistan. The NSA made the statement while speaking at the 4th Regional Security Dialogue on Afghanistan at Dushanbe, Tajikistan.

Apart from NSA Ajit Doval, the event was attended by national security advisers from Tajikistan, Russia, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Iran, Kyrgyzstan and China.

“India was and is an important stakeholder in Afghanistan. Special relationship with the people of Afghanistan over centuries will guide India’s approach, nothing can change this,” NSA Ajit Doval said.

Doval pointed out that India has focused on infrastructure, connectivity and humanitarian assistance to Afghanistan over the last few decades. 

“After August 2021, India has already provided 17000 MT of Wheat out of a total commitment of 50000 MT, 500000 doses of Covaxin, 13 tons of essential life-saving medicines and winter clothing as well as 60 million doses of polio vaccine,” he said.

NSA Ajit Doval also reiterated India’s position on the distribution of aid to all sections of society. 

“Assistance should be accessible to all, respect for all obligations under international humanitarian law should be ensured,” he said.

NSA Ajit Doval also called upon the Taliban to ensure the rights of women in Afghanistan. 

NSA Ajit Doval highlighted the need for representation of all sections of Afghan society including women and minorities so that the collective energies of the largest possible proportion of the Afghan population feel motivated to contribute to nation-building.

“Women and youth are critical for the future of any society. Provision of education to girls and employment to women and youth will ensure productivity and spur growth. It will also have a positive social impact including discouraging radical ideologies among youth,” Doval said.

Taking forward the spirit encapsulated in the Delhi Declaration, the NSAs discussed the situation in Afghanistan and the region. The NSAs highlighted the need to find constructive ways to ensure peace and stability in Afghanistan and combat risks from terrorism emanating from the region.


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