talks reminder, warning on terror

Without mentioning the Taliban or putting the onus on them for the situation in Afghanistan, leaders of the BRICS Thursday expressed concern over “the latest developments” there and called for “refraining from violence and settling the situation by peaceful means”.

The New Delhi declaration — it was the first statement by the grouping since the fall of Kabul to the Taliban on August 15 — that followed the BRICS summit, held via virtual mode with Prime Minister Narendra Modi as the host, said leaders stressed the need for an “inclusive intra-Afghan dialogue”.

“We underscore the priority of fighting terrorism, including preventing attempts by terrorist organisations to use Afghan territory as terrorist sanctuary and to carry out attacks against other countries, as well as drug trade within Afghanistan,” the declaration stated.

For Delhi, this is a warning to anti-India terrorist groups like the Haqqani Network, Lashkar-e-Taiba and Jaish-e-Mohammad, and for Beijing, it’s a message for the East Turkestan Islamic Movement (ETIM) which has been active in the restive Xinjiang region.

“We stress the need to contribute to fostering an inclusive intra-Afghan dialogue so as to ensure stability, civil peace, law and order in the country,” the New Delhi declaration said, two days after the Taliban announced a government which lacked inclusivity and appeared non-representative of the country’s…

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