Indian National Security Advisor: We will never abandon the people of Afghanistan

The Indian National Security Advisor, Ajit Doval, has promised that his country “will never abandon the people of Afghanistan in their time of need.” 

Speaking at the fifth round of Regional Security Dialogue on Afghanistan in Moscow on Wednesday, Ajit Doval said his country’s focus had been on food security and medical supplies. The well-being of the people of Afghanistan was of “foremost priority” for India, he added. India and Afghanistan, he said, had had a “historical and special relationship.”

According to Hindustan Times, “India has delivered 40,000 metric tonnes of wheat, 60 tons of medicines, 500,000 Covid-19 vaccines, winter clothing and 28 tons of disaster relief supplies. In the past two years, India has also granted fresh scholarships to 2,260 Afghan students, including 300 Afghan girls.”

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Terrorism, Ajit Doval said, was a major threat in the region and called on the Taliban not to “to export terrorism and radicalisation” and that the group should utilise the country’s resources “for the welfare of the people of Afghanistan.”

“We always stood by the people of Afghanistan and will always support collective efforts to help Afghan people build a prosperous and vibrant nation once again,” he said.

Speaking at the same meeting, the Russian Security Council Secretary, Nikolai Patrushev, warned that the weapons left behind by the US in Afghanistan can intensify group fighting in Afghanistan. 

The Taliban was not invited to the meeting.