India’s NSA is participating at the 4th Regional Security Dialogue on Afghanistan in Dushanbe, the national capital of Tajikistan

NSA Ajit Doval on Friday called for the formation of an inclusive government in Kabul and emphasized on India’s continuous support to the people of the landlocked country.

The Security Dialogue saw the participation of National Security Advisers/Secretary of Security Councils of China, Russia, Iran, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan, Turkmenistan and Kazakhstan.

At the meet, NSA Doval called for representation of all sections of Afghan society including women and minorities so that collective energies of the largest possible proportion of the Afghan population feel motivated to contribute to nation building.

Since Afghanistan was taken over by the Taliban last year in August, the interim government formed has been dominated by members of a group with no women representation.

NSA Doval said the “foremost priority should be right to life and a dignified living, as well as protection of human rights of all and women and youth are critical for the future of any society. Provision of education to girls and employment to women and youth will ensure productivity and spur growth.”

Taliban has come out with new rules for women. The Taliban's ministry of vice and virtue in new rules asked female anchors to wear mask on TV. It has also been ordered that women should cover up fully, when in public.

Since August last year, India has provided 17000 MT of Wheat out of its total commitment of 50000 MT, 500000 doses of COVID vaccine Covaxin, 13 tons of essential lifesaving medicines, and winter clothing as well as 60 million doses of polio vaccine.

NSA Doval said, “India was and is an important stakeholder in Afghanistan. Special relationship with people of Afghanistan over centuries will guide India’s approach. Nothing can change this.”