India, China, Russia to hold trilateral meet on Afghanistan
Posted on: 10:36 AM IST Jan 16, 2014
Beijing: Senior officials from India, China and Russia will hold a trilateral meet on Friday to discuss the emerging situation in Afghanistan in the backdrop of the US troops withdrawal that have sparked concern over the reemergence of the Taliban and al-Qaeda in the region.
The meeting of the three major countries in the region followed the first India-China dialogue on Afghanistan held last year to discuss mutual concerns and ideas to address the problem. Deputy National Security Advisor Nehchal Sandhu will lead the Indian delegation in tomorrow's talks.
Elaborating China's concerns, Foreign Ministry spokesman Hong Lei on Thursday said that the situation in Afghanistan is closely related to security and stability in the region. "As a close neighbour of Afghanistan, China is ready to work with countries in the region and the international community to support the peaceful reconstruction and reconciliation process in Afghanistan and jointly maintain peace, stability and development of Afghanistan and the whole region," he said.
China held a similar trilateral meeting with Pakistan and Russia last year to explore opportunities to coordinate their positions and discussed the cooperation under the aegis of Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO).
China and Russia are active members of the SCO while India and Pakistan are observers. The US plans to pull out most of its troops from war-torn Afghanistan by the end of this year, bringing an end to a 13-year-long combat operation against the Taliaban and Al Qaeda militants.