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Sixth Regional Dialogue of Secretaries of Security Councils/ National Security Advisers on Afghanistan

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Sixth Regional Dialogue of Secretaries of Security Councils/ National Security Advisers on Afghanistan


The Sixth Regional Dialogue of Secretaries of Security Councils/ National Security Advisers on Afghanistan was held in Bishkek on 16 February 2024. Mr. Vikram Misri, Deputy National Security Adviser of India, led the Indian delegation at this meeting which was chaired by Secretary of the Security Council of the Kyrgyz Republic H.E. Mr. Marat Imankulov. The meeting was also attended by the National Security Advisers and Secretaries of the Security Councils of Iran, Kazakhstan, China, Russia, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan.


  1. Addressing this Dialogue, Mr. Misri highlighted the following points in his remarks at the meeting:


  • India has been consistent and steadfast with its policy in support of peace, security and stability in Afghanistan. As a contiguous neighbor, India has legitimate economic and security interests in Afghanistan. Ties with the Afghan people date back centuries and are historic and civilizational.


  • The common immediate priorities include providing humanitarian assistance, ensuring formation of a truly inclusive and representative government, combating terrorism and drug trafficking and preserving the rights of women, children and the minorities.


  • For India, development is a fundamental human right. India believes in working with the international community and like-minded actors for the welfare of the Afghan people.


  • India has presence in almost 500 projects in Afghanistan spread across each of the 34 provinces in critical areas of power, water supply, road connectivity, healthcare, education, agriculture and capacity building. India has invested more than US$ 3 billion for the welfare of the people of Afghanistan.


  • India has till now supplied nearly 50,000 tons of wheat, 250 tons of medical aid and 28 tons of earthquake relief aid. In view of the urgent UN appeals, India also supplied 40,000 litres of Malathion (pesticide) to Afghanistan to fight the locust menace.


  • Since August 2021, ICCR has granted admissions to more than 3,000 students, including 600 Afghan girls. India has also continued its collaboration with the Afghan National Agricultural Science and Technical University by providing online scholarships for Afghan students in agro-related fields. India also continued its assistance for the Habibia school and sent winter clothing and more than 5000 units of stationary items for the primary school students.


  • Drug trafficking is a serious menace for the region. The recent seizures of large shipments of drugs are a worrisome trend. India is partnering with UNODC in Afghanistan to provide humanitarian assistance for individuals, especially females, who are benefiting from drug rehabilitation programs being undertaken in Afghanistan. Under this partnership, India has supplied 11,000 units of hygiene kits, baby food kits, blankets, medical aid etc. to UNODC, Kabul.


  • It is equally important to create economic opportunities, empower the people to be self-reliant and self-sufficient, and re-build the economy. To this end, India has continued its trade relations with Afghanistan. Tariff concessions under SAFTA continue to be provided to Afghan traders. A 'Humanitarian Air Corridor' between Delhi and Kabul has been created.


  • Invited Central Asian neighbours to utilize the Chabahar port in Iran as well as the Shaheed Bahesti terminal at the port for maritime trade with India and other countries of the world. Solicited support of members to include Chabahar port within the framework of the International North South Transport Corridor (INSTC) and make this a reality.


  • Sports interactions and exchanges with the Afghan people have been greatly enhanced.


  • On terrorism, our collective approach has been articulated in UNSCR 2593. Afghan territory should not be used for sheltering, training, planning or financing terrorist acts; specifically, terrorist individuals proscribe Council, including those belonging to the Lashkar-e-Tayyiba and Jaish-e-Mohammad. It is well established that any instability in Afghanistan is a threat to the whole region.


  • India was and is an important stakeholder in Afghanistan. We consider it imperative to have a 'consensus' based approach at both levels, regional and international.


  1. Mr. Vikram Misri called on President of the Kyrgyz Republic H.E. Mr. Sadyr Zhaparov on 16 February 2024 along with the other Secretaries of the Security Councils and National Security Advisers who participated in the 6th Regional Dialogue on Afghanistan.