Russia did not invite India in important meeting on Afghanistan, China, Pakistan, US may attend
Russia has not invited India to an important meeting convened on the rapidly changing situation in Afghanistan.
Pakistan, China and America are likely to attend this meeting. People having knowledge in this regard told this on Thursday. As Taliban attacks in Afghanistan escalate, Russia has stepped up efforts to reach all major parties in the war-torn country to stop the violence and push for the Afghan peace process. This 'expanding troika meeting' is to be held in Qatar on 11 August. Under this, talks were held earlier on 18 March and 30 April. Russia is also conducting a 'Moscow format' for talks on bringing peace in Afghanistan and setting the conditions for the process of national reconciliation.
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said in Tashkent last month that his country would continue to work with India and other countries that could influence the situation in Afghanistan. After these comments, there were speculations that India may be included in the upcoming 'Extended Troika meeting'. However, India is yet to comment on the 'Extended Troika meeting'. Meanwhile, Afghanistan's Ambassador to India Fareed Mamundzee has termed the decision to hold a meeting of the UN Security Council on August 6 to discuss the situation in Afghanistan as a positive step.
India's Ambassador to the United Nations TS Tirumurti announced that the situation in Afghanistan will be discussed in the UN Security Council meeting on Friday under India's chairmanship. Mamundje tweeted that "convening an emergency session of the UN Security Council on Afghanistan is a positive step." The United Nations and the international community must play an important role in preventing the tragedy in Afghanistan caused by terrorist violence and atrocities. Thank you India for your leading role as UNSC President.
The decision to hold the UNSC meeting came two days after Afghan Foreign Minister Mohammad Hanif Atmar spoke to his Indian counterpart S Jaishankar on convening an emergency session of the UN Security Council to stop Taliban violence. India is the President of the UNSC for the month of August.
India is a major party to peace and stability in Afghanistan. It has invested nearly $3 billion in aid and reconstruction activities in the war-torn country. India has been supportive of a national peace and reconciliation process led by Afghanistan.