afghanistan: Days when Afghanistan was used by others as so-called “strategic depth” are over: India tells UNSC

The days of using so-called “strategic depth” by others in Afghanistan are over, India’s Permanent Representative to the UN Ambassador Ruchira Kamboj said, adding that such misguided approaches have only brought misery to the people of Afghanistan and regional chaos.

Kamboj, the President of the UN Security Council for the month of December, spoke at a conference on Afghanistan on Tuesday and said at his national level that peace and stability in Afghanistan are the most important imperatives that the international community must fight for collectively.

He said that India will continue to play its role in achieving this goal and the interests of the people of Afghanistan will always be at the heart of our efforts today and always.

“The days when Afghanistan was used by others in the so-called “strategic depth” are over. These wrong views have only brought misery to the people of Afghanistan and regional misery,” he said.

Kamboj said that India is closely monitoring the security situation in Afghanistan and is actively engaging with the international community on Afghanistan-related issues. “Terrorist attacks have targeted public places, such as places of worship and educational institutes, especially for minorities, as well as diplomatic premises. This is a worrying trend,” he said.

He noted that the collective vision of the international community has been expressed in Security Council Resolution 2593, which unequivocally requires that the territory of Afghanistan should not be used to support, train, plan or finance terrorist acts, specifically prohibited terrorist individuals and entities. UN Security Council, including Lashkar-e-Taiba and Jaish-e-Mohammed.

Kamboj added that the threat of drug trafficking is closely related to the issue of terrorism. “It is important for us to strengthen international cooperation to disrupt and dismantle trafficking networks.” On the political front, he said India continues to demand an inclusive dispensation that represents all sections of Afghan society. To achieve long-term peace and stability in Afghanistan, and at the same time for recovery and economic development, a broad, inclusive and representative formation is necessary, he added.

Kamboj said India is directly committed to ensuring the return of peace and stability to Afghanistan, “given our position as Afghanistan’s next-door neighbor and long-time partner, as well as our strong historical and civilizational ties with the Afghan people. Our approach. To Afghanistan, as always, our friendship It will be guided by the historical and our special relationship with the people of Afghanistan.

Expressing deep concern over the developing humanitarian situation in Afghanistan, Kamboj said that India has sent several humanitarian aid shipments to Afghanistan and is committed to continue helping the Afghan people in the future.

India’s top priorities in Afghanistan include providing immediate humanitarian aid to the Afghan people, forming a truly inclusive and representative government, fighting terrorism and drug trafficking, and safeguarding the rights of women, children and minorities, Kamboj said, and had these benchmarks as well. he added that they were According to United Nations Resolution 2593, the international community guides Afghanistan’s vision.

Admitting that his statement will likely be India’s last on Afghanistan during its tenure as a member of the Security Council, Kamboj said that as a close neighbour, “Afghanistan will remain in our hearts and we will continue to speak for the Afghan people. .”

India’s 2021-22 term ends this month. The country has submitted its candidacy for the 2028-29 term in the Security Council.

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