With focus on Afghanistan, NSA Ajit Doval holds bilateral talks with Tajik and Uzbek counterparts

Prime News, National (New Delhi), Nov 10:- Ahead of a regional security dialogue on Afghanistan, NSA Ajit Doval and his Uzbek counterpart Victor Makhmudov on Tuesday held that the new Afghan regime should first seek legitimacy within that country before looking for international recognition, official sources said.

Doval held separate bilateral talks with Makhmudov and  Rahmatjon Mahmudzoda, the secretary of Tajikistan’s security council, with a broad focus on developments in Afghanistan including the looming humanitarian crisis in the war-torn country and the possible threat of terrorism from Afghan soil.

Makhmudov and Mahmudzoda are in Delhi to attend the Delhi Regional Security Dialogue on Afghanistan that will be chaired by Doval on Wednesday.

India is hosting the dialogue to firm up a common approach for practical cooperation in confronting increasing threats of terrorism, radicalisation and drug trafficking following the Taliban’s takeover of Kabul.

Apart from  Uzbekistan and Tajikistan, the Delhi Regional Security Dialogue on Afghanistan is also being attended by top security czars of Russia, Iran, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and Turkmenistan.

China was invited to the dialogue but it has already communicated that it would be unable to attend it because of scheduling issues while Pakistan too decided to skip it.

In their bilateral talks, Doval and  Mahmudzoda had a detailed exchange of views on Afghanistan, with significant convergence of assessments, the sources said.

They said concerns were expressed on the sharp increase in terrorist threats from Afghanistan in the recent past and that the Tajik side highlighted the gravity of the situation in Afghanistan.

The looming humanitarian crisis in Afghanistan also figured in the talks. (MR, Inputs: Agencies).

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