New Delhi: As NSAs’ meeting on Afghanistan concludes, a joint statement on the meeting was signed by all eight participating countries. However, Russia released its statement with a few twists from the original issue. This means Russia had some sort of discernment in the meeting.
The meeting, chaired by NSA Ajit Doval and was attended by Russian NSA Nikolai Patrushev. The statements released by Russia had some points different from Delhi Declaration.
The Delhi Declaration was concerned about all terrorist activities and reaffirmed their firm commitment to combat terrorism in all its forms, including its financing, the dismantling of terrorist infrastructure, and countering extremism. Whereas, The Russian statement said the sides reaffirmed their firm commitment. But, never mentioned “Afghanistan”
The Delhi Declaration stressed ensuring fundamental rights of women, children, and minority communities are not violated. The Russian statement did not even mention “fundamental” rights or that they are “not violated”.
Delhi Declaration has said that the next meet will be held in 2022, the Russian statement did not commit to a timeframe.
Possibly, Russia will also attend the Troika plus meeting with Pakistan, China, the US, and the Taliban in Islamabad on Thursday. India will likely watch the Meeting closely after discernment.