On Monday, India will host a Regional Anti-Terror Structure (RATS) meeting in New Delhi under the auspices of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO).
The major anti-terror meeting will begin at 9 a.m. today in New Delhi. The summit will be attended by all members of the SCO, including a three-member team from Pakistan.
On Saturday, a Pakistani inter-ministerial team crossed the Wagah border into India. Deputy Foreign Ministers from SCO member nations met in Moscow last month to discuss the importance of forming an inclusive administration in Afghanistan as soon as feasible.
These crucial discussions come at a critical moment for Afghanistan, following the Taliban’s takeover of the nation in August of last year. The Taliban’s quick rise to power led to economic chaos and food shortages, bringing the country dangerously close to a humanitarian disaster. The third Regional Security Dialogue on Afghanistan was conducted in an extended format in New Delhi earlier in November.
The summit was attended by the National Security Advisers/Secretaries of India, Iran, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Russia, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan’s National Security Councils. The participants examined the current state of affairs in Afghanistan, particularly the security situation and its regional and global implications.
The parties also discussed the political situation in Afghanistan, as well as the challenges posed by terrorism, radicalization, and drug trafficking, as well as the need for humanitarian help.