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SOURCE: PTI

The meeting also included special envoys and senior officials from Russia, China, Pakistan, Iran, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan.” “During the meeting, participants discussed issues related to Afghanistan, including the current humanitarian situation and the ongoing efforts of various stakeholders to provide assistance, intra-Afghan talks, and formation of an inclusive and representative government, efforts to counter threats of terrorism, and efforts to counter threats of terrorism.”

The Moscow format, one of several platforms for dialogue on Afghanistan, began before the Taliban took over Kabul. India was represented at the talks by J P Singh, Joint Secretary (Pakistan, Afghanistan, and Iran).

The participants discussed the current situation in Afghanistan, with an emphasis on regional security, military-political stability, and socioeconomic and humanitarian issues, according to a joint statement issued at the end of the meeting.

The countries reaffirmed their commitment to a peaceful, unified, sovereign, independent, and economically developing Afghanistan free of terrorism and drug trafficking.

Afghanistan was asked to fulfil its commitments to eradicate terrorism and drug trafficking on its soil, to take more visible steps against all terrorist organizations, and to firmly fight, dismantle, and eliminate them, so that the country would never again serve as a breeding ground, safe haven, or source of proliferation for terrorism.