Russia Invites India, Iran to Join Extended Troika Talks on Intra-Afghan Peace Process

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The extended Troika grouping, which comprises Russia, the US, China and Pakistan, has met eight times since 2019, with the last meeting taking place in Doha on 30 April this year. A joint declaration after the meeting in April called upon the Taliban* to “reduce the level of violence” in the country and “not to pursue a Spring offensive”.

Russia on Wednesday backed the inclusion of India and Iran in the extended ‘Troika’ talks, a Moscow-backed grouping aimed at facilitating the intra-Afghan peace negotiations.

Dmitry Solodov, the Russian Embassy spokesman in New Delhi, said that having Tehran and New Delhi as members of the inter-governmental group would “enrich its potential further”.

The Extended Troika at present comprises Russia, the US, China and Pakistan.

He remarked that Russia’s “dedicated cooperation” with India as an active participant in dialogue mechanisms on Afghan issues was “natural, trusted and forward-looking”.

“Our deep involvement in such established formats, such as the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO), including the Regional Anti-Terrorist Structure, the SCO-Afghanistan Contact Group and the Moscow format, is very effective and result-oriented,” the Russian official said.

Moscow’s proposal to have Iran and India as members of the organisation comes days after Russian foreign minister Sergey Lavrov said at a connectivity summit in Tashkent that the…

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