Reports leaked from the Indian National Security Council say that Delhi will convene a conference on Afghanistan’s situation in the near future, with the national security advisers of Pakistan, Russia, China, Iran and Tajikistan participating.
The Hindustan Times reported that the conference would be held on November 10 in Delhi, the capital of India.
Another Indian media source reported that Delhi has some preconditions for recognition of the “Taliban” government.
“India wants to ensure that the issue of recognition of the Taliban government, which Pakistan has been pressing for, is only decided after the Taliban government gives assurances on terrorism, inclusivity in government and rights of women and minorities,” the Hindustan Times said.
The former Afghan government’s ambassador in India confirmed the plans for a conference on Afghanistan in Delhi but said that he had not been invited to the conference.
“In New Delhi, from November 10-11, the national security advisers of six countries have a meeting on Afghanistan’s issues, I have not been invited so far,” said Farid Mamondzai, ambassador of the former Afghan government to India.
“India is concerned over some terrorist groups present in Afghanistan, ironically, Pakistan is also frightened from those groups,” said Toreq Farhadi, a political analyst. “But India should note one thing: that Pakistan cannot represent Afghanistan, and it is important in security issues to invite a delegation from the current government in Kabul. The diplomatic relations are not necessary, but no Afghans want Pakistan to represent Afghanistan in such issues.”
The Islamic Emirate says it had not been informed about the meeting.