India has received an invitation for the Moscow Format assembly on Afghanistan on October 20 and it’ll take part within the deliberations, the Ministry of Exterior Affairs stated on Thursday.
This would be the first Moscow format dialogue because the takeover of Afghanistan by the Taliban in August.
Whereas India had its first formal contact with the Taliban in Doha on August 31, the Moscow Format is more likely to be the primary formal contact between New Delhi and the Taliban authorities after an interim Cupboard was introduced by them.
Requested concerning the assembly, Ministry of Exterior Affairs Spokesperson Arindam Bagchi stated, “We have received an invitation for the Moscow Format meeting on Afghanistan on October 20. We will be participating in it.”
“I don’t have a final confirmation as to who would be attending but it is likely that we will have (participation) at the joint secretary level,” he stated.
Russia has been holding the ‘Moscow Format’ of talks since 2017 to deal with Afghan points. A number of rounds of talks have been held in Moscow since 2017.
On any humanitarian help India is extending or has prolonged to Afghanistan, Bagchi stated India’s coverage in direction of Afghanistan is guided by its friendship with the Afghan individuals.
India has up to now supplied help each for infrastructure in addition to for humanitarian functions, he stated.
“Coming specifically to humanitarian assistance you would recall that the UN secretary general had convened a meeting on the subject on September 13 in which External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar participated. In his intervention… our approach to the issue of humanitarian assistance was laid out very clearly,” he stated.
“This includes India’s willingness to continue to stand by the Afghan people, the need for the international community to create the best possible enabling environment, the unimpeded, unrestricted and direct access to humanitarian assistance providers and non discriminatory distribution,” Bagchi stated.
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