Days When Afghanistan Used By Others As “Strategic Depth” Are Over: India At UN

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India has said that it is closely monitoring the security situation in Afghanistan.

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The days of Afghanistan being used by others as its so-called “strategic depth” are over, India said, adding that such skewed approaches have brought nothing but misery to the people of Afghanistan and regional misery.

Secretary, Ministry of External Affairs (West) Sanjay Verma addressed a UN Security Council briefing on Afghanistan on Tuesday and said that peace and stability in Afghanistan is a vital imperative that the international community must collectively strive for.

He also said that India will continue to play its role in achieving this goal and the interests of the Afghan people will be at the heart of New Delhi’s efforts.

“The days when Afghanistan was used by others as a so-called ‘strategic depth’ are over. Such distorted approaches have only brought misery to the people of Afghanistan and the misery of the region,” he said.

Verma said that India closely follows the security situation in Afghanistan and actively engages with the international community on issues related to that country.

“Terrorist attacks target public places, such as places of worship and educational institutes, especially minorities, as well as diplomatic premises. This is a worrying trend,” he said.

He pointed out that the collective vision of the international community has been articulated in Security Council Resolution 2593, which unequivocally demands 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-Tayyiba and Jaish-e-Mohammad.

The high official also pointed out 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,” he said.

On the political front, Verma said India continues to demand an inclusive dispensation that represents all sections of Afghan society. A broad, inclusive and representative constitution is necessary to achieve long-term peace and stability in Afghanistan, as well as economic recovery and development, he added.

Verma 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 historic friendship and It will be guided by our special relationship with the people of Afghanistan.” Expressing great concern about the developing humanitarian situation in Afghanistan, India has sent several shipments of humanitarian aid to Afghanistan and is committed to continue helping the Afghans 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, Verma said, and these were the benchmarks. It also establishes United Nations Resolution 2593, which guides the international approach to Afghanistan.

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