China, Pakistan to Skip India Summit on Afghanistan

China and Pakistan have declined to participate in the Delhi Regional Security Dialogue on Afghanistan, which will explore building a common approach for practical help in facing the threats of terrorism, radicalisation and drug trafficking after the Taliban took control of Kabul. India will host security tsars of Russia, Iran and five more Asian countries to discuss Afghanistan on November 10.

The discussion will be chaired by National Security Advisor (NSA) Ajit Doval and attended by top security officials of Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan. All the participating countries have a “very high degree of convergence” on the security indications of the Taliban taking power in Afghanistan. The focus of the talks will be on terms to deal with the challenge. The Ministry of External Affairs said the words would see the participation of Iran, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyz Republic, Russia, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan, and the countries will be represented by their respective NSAs or secretaries of security councils.

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