KEY AFGHAN MEETING TO BE ATTENDED BY INDIA IN THE RUSSIAN CITY OF KAZAN NEXT MONTH

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The purpose of the gathering, which is being sponsored by Russia, is to urge the Taliban-ruled country of Afghanistan to establish a multiethnic, inclusive administration.

Russia started the Moscow Format Meeting, a conversation about regional security, in 2017. It brings together participant nations with an interest in the stability of Afghanistan, including as Russia, Iran, China, Pakistan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan. The primary goals are to promote political harmony in the landlocked nations and handle security issues in the area.

The last Moscow Format Meeting took place in November of the previous year. Representatives of the Taliban and special envoys from the participating countries were present. In their joint statement from the previous year, they promoted measures to fight drug trafficking, counterterrorism initiatives, and an inclusive Afghan government.

India has centred its two-hundred-year-old relationship with Afghanistan around five pillars over the past two decades, including significant infrastructure projects, human resource development and capacity building, humanitarian assistance, community development initiatives, and boosting trade and investment through connectivity.

The Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) has stated that India’s policy towards Afghanistan will continue to be influenced by its long-standing friendship even after the Taliban took power in August 2021. An Indian technical team has been stationed at the Indian Embassy in Kabul to oversee and manage India’s humanitarian aid initiatives without acknowledging the Islamic authority.

Similar to this, the United Nations has been outlining its goals for helping the Afghan people. The UN unveiled a strategic framework last month that details how it would respond to Afghanistan’s most fundamental human needs.

The UN Strategic Framework focuses on providing ethical support in response to the environment that is becoming more and more restrictive for all Afghans, especially women and girls.

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