Uzbekistan National Security Advisor Victor Mohammadov said that it is “important” to not allow Afghanistan to be Isolated or to leave it on its own.
He made the remarks at the first India-Central Asia Meeting of the National Security Advisers/Secretaries of Security Councils.
“Afghanistan is one of the important factors of security and steady development of Central Asia and South Asia,” he said. “It is important that we do not allow Afghanistan to be isolated and leave it on its own to deal with the social, economic, and humanitarian crisis. It is important… because this will lead to increasing poverty in the region which we are already feeling ourselves. I would stress that peace in this country is very important not only for our region but also so this country has new strategic possibilities, opportunities, so it can be an area of growth and transport corridors in markets,” he said.
Speaking at the same meeting, the Indian National Security Advisor Ajit Doval urged the UN member states to fulfill obligations inside of relevant counter-terrorism conventions and protocols and refrain from providing any form of support to entities or persons involved in terrorist acts.
But the Islamic Emirate said that there will be no threat from Afghan soil to other countries.
“There is no threat from Afghanistan to any country. Security and stability have been ensured in our country. The policy and stance of isolation, and the creation of distance, has not brought any good results,” said Bilal Karimi, deputy spokesman for the Islamic Emirate.
Analysts said that the isolation of Afghanistan will affect the region and the world and that the neighboring and Central Asian countries should play their role in the improvement of the situation in Afghanistan.
“The isolation of Afghanistan has a negative impact on the world and if the world forgets Afghanistan, it will certainly have its effects on us,” said Mohammad Omar Nuhzat, a political analyst.
“The existence of stability, discipline and prosperity in Afghanistan means stability, discipline and prosperity in Asian countries and beyond,” said Yaseen Habib, a political analyst.
The India-Central Asia Meeting of the National Security Advisors was attended by the NSAs from Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Kyrgyzstan and Kazakhstan.
The comes as the US special envoy for Afghanistan, Thomas West, who visited India, said on Twitter that he met with Vikram Misri, deputy National Security Advisor, Arindam Bagchi, spokesman for the Indian MoFa, and the External Affairs Ministry's joint secretary, JP Singh and discussed “shared interests in Afghanistan.”