India, Russia warn on terrorism
All countries want that their land should not be used for terrorism.
Concern has arisen in countries around the world regarding the interim government in Afghanistan. At the same time, all countries want that their land should not to be used for terrorism. Officials said that India and Russia believe that foreign terrorist groups operating in Afghanistan are a threat to Central Asia and India. The two countries agreed to deepen counter-terrorism cooperation at a meeting of their national security chiefs on Wednesday. Last month, the Taliban won Afghanistan after two decades of fighting and announced a provisional government that has met with hesitant approval from the international community. After a meeting between Russian Security Council chief Nikolai Petrushev and Indian National Security Advisor Ajit Doval in Delhi, an Indian government official said both India and Russia are deeply concerned by the developments in Afghanistan. Taliban Remaining on Promises Both sides agreed that the Taliban should stick to its promises, which included respect for basic human rights for women and not allowing their territory to be used by terrorist groups. "The presence of international terrorist groups in Afghanistan and the threat from terrorism in Central Asia and India were discussed in detail," the official said. India fears that terrorist groups operating from Pakistan may also use Afghan territory to carry out attacks. Can and India says Pakistan should be held responsible due to close ties with the Taliban.
Russia fears that the turmoil in Afghanistan could spread to Central Asia, which it considers its southern defensive side and as a sphere of influence from which radical Islamist threats could erupt. After Patrushev and Doval's meeting, Russia's Security Council said in a statement that deepening bilateral ties were discussed. Also, talks were held on counter-terrorism, combating illegal migration, and drug trafficking. India and Russia have long been close military partners, but in recent years Delhi has turned to the US for arms supplies and deeper political ties. But the Indian government official said the regional situation had changed dramatically after the withdrawal of US forces from Afghanistan and the Taliban seizing power. It is being said that Patrushev's visit to India on August 24 was a follow-up to the phone conversation between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Russian President Vladimir Putin.