Nothing can change this, Doval added as he highlighted the fact that India has already supplied 17,000 MT of the promised 50,000 MT of wheat to Afghanistan through the land route with Pakistan along with 5 lakh doses of Covaxin, 13 tonnes of essential lifesaving medicines and winter clothing and 60 million doses of polio vaccine.
As his Russian counterpart Nikolai Patrushev warned against an influx of refugees from Afghanistan to central Asian countries and the threat from terrorism, Doval called upon all other participating countries – Tajikistan, Russia, China, Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan, Iran and Kyrgyzstan – to work together to enhance Afghanistan’s capability to “counter terrorism and terrorist groups that pose a threat to regional peace and security’’.
“Foremost priority should be right to life and a dignified living as well as protection of human rights of all,’’ said Doval in the meeting.
Doval had bilateral meetings with Patrushev and also his Iranian and Tajikistan counterparts. China was represented by external security commissioner of the foreign ministry, Cheng Guoping.
With the Taliban facing international outrage for the restrictions imposed on women and girls, Doval said women and youth are critical for the future of any society and that provision for education to girls and employment to women and youth will “ensure productivity and spur growth’’.
“It will also have positive social impact, including discouraging radical ideologies among youth,’’ said Doval, adding assistance should be accessible to all and respect for all obligations under international humanitarian law should be ensured.
Doval underscored India’s position that Afghanistan needs an inclusive government as he highlighted the need for representation of all sections of Afghan society, including women and minorities, “so that the collective energies of the largest possible proportion of the Afghan population feel motivated to contribute to nation building’’.
He said India has historical and civilisational relations with Afghanistan and that it has always stood by the people of Afghanistan. “This will continue to guide India’s approach,’’ he said, adding India has focused on infrastructure, connectivity and humanitarian assistance over the decades.
With collective efforts of Regional Dialogue members, Doval said, India and others can help “proud” people of Afghanistan to build a prosperous and vibrant nation once again.