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US Special Envoy West meets NSA Doval, Foreign Secretary, discusses current developments in Afghanistan

US Special Envoy West meets NSA Doval, Foreign Secretary, discusses current developments in Afghanistan

New Delhi, Nov 16 (UNI) Newly-appointed US Special Representative for Afghanistan Thomas West on Tuesday called on National Security Advisor Ajit Doval and Foreign Secretary Harsh Vardhan Shringla, during which the talks focused on the current developments in Afghanistan.
The two sides also discussed the recently-held Regional Security Dialogue of NSAs on Afghanistan in New Delhi, the movement of people in and out of Afghanistan, coordinating global efforts on humanitarian assistance to Afghanistan, regional security issues, and other bilateral and international issues of mutual interest, sources said.
Ministry of External Affairs spokesperson Arindam Bagchi, in a tweet on the talks between the Foreign Secretary and West, said: “Foreign Secretary @harshvshringla met US Special Representative for Afghanistan Thomas West @US4AfghanPeace and exchanged views on recent developments and issues of common interest in Afghanistan.”
The talks were also attended by JP Singh, Joint Secretary in charge of the Pakistan, Afghanistan, Iran Division, in the Ministry of External Affairs, who had met a Taliban delegation led by Maulvi Abdul Salam Hanafi, Deputy Prime Minister of the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan, on October 20 in Moscow – in the first formal meeting between India and the Taliban regime in Kabul.
Tuesday’s talks also come days after West was in Islamabad to attend the Troika Plus talks, participated by the special representatives of the US, Russia, China and Pakistan, on November 11. West has taken over as chief interlocutor from Zalmay Khalilzad who stepped down last month.
The November 10 NSA-level talks hosted by India, called the Delhi Regional Security Dialogue on Afghanistan, were attended by the security chiefs of Russia, Iran, and the five Central Asian countries. Both Pakistan and China had declined to attend the Delhi talks.
The meeting today also comes as the Taliban has requested Pakistan to allow Indian trucks carrying 50,000 metric tonnes of wheat and other aid to travel to Afghanistan, which is in dire need of food and medicines. Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan assured a Taliban delegation, led by Acting Foreign Minister Amir Khan Muttaqi, last week that he would allow access to Indian trucks carrying aid to Afghanistan "on exceptional basis".UNI/RN

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