Enhance capability of Afghanistan to counter terrorism - NSA Doval tells top regional security heads in Dushanbe


National Security Advisor Ajit Dova with the NSA's of Tajikistan, Russia, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Iran, Kyrgyzstan and China in Dushanbe on Friday

India has once again stressed the urgent need to find constructive ways to ensure peace and stability in Afghanistan and combating risks from terrorism emanating from the region.

In a meeting with the top security heads of the region in Tajikistan's capital Dushanbe today, National Security Advisor (NSA) Ajit Doval batted for enhancing capability of Afghanistan to counter terrorism and terrorist groups which pose a threat to regional peace and security.

The NSA's of Tajikistan, Russia, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Iran, Kyrgyzstan and China took part in the meeting which essentially carried forward the spirit encapsulated in the Delhi Declaration from the 3rd Regional Security Dialogue on Afghanistan held in New Delhi in November 2021. 

While highlighting that India has historical and civilisational relations with Afghanistan and continues to stand by the people of Afghanistan, Doval said that the foremost priority should be right to life and a dignified living as well as protection of human rights of all.

"India was and is an important stakeholder in Afghanistan. Special relationship with people of Afghanistan over centuries will guide India's approach. Nothing can change this," said NSA Doval.

He 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. 

NSA Doval also told the gathering about how India has focused on infrastructure, connectivity and humanitarian assistance to Kabul over the 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 tonnes of essential life saving medicines and winter clothing as well as 60 million doses of polio vaccine," he stated.

Spotlighting that women and youth are critical for the future of any society, India said that provision of education to girls and employment to women and youth will ensure productivity and spur growth besides also having a positive social impact including discouraging radical ideologies among youth.

"With collective efforts of Regional Dialogue members, we can help proud people of Afghanistan to build a prosperous and vibrant nation once again. Assistance should be accessible to all, respect for all obligations under international humanitarian law should be ensured," said NSA Doval.

Also Read: Will the Delhi conference turn a new page in Afghanistan's recent history? Meet the eight men who may just be doing so