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Delhi Declaration strongly condemns terrorism, urges for inclusive govt in Afghanistan

New Delhi, Nov 10 (UNI): The security chiefs of India, Russia, Iran and the five Central Asian countries on Wednesday in a joint statement condemned in the strongest terms all terrorist activities and reaffirmed their firm commitment to combat terrorism in all its forms and manifestations and the dismantling of terrorist infrastructure and countering radicalisation, to ensure that Afghanistan would never become a safe haven for global terrorism.

The Delhi Declaration, issued after talks between the security chiefs of the eight countries, including National Security Advisor Ajit Doval, also called for an inclusive government in Afghanistan representing all sections of the people.

During the Delhi Regional Security Dialogue on Afghanistan, hosted by India, the participants discussed the evolving situation in Afghanistan, especially the security situation and its regional and global ramifications.

The sides paid special attention to the current political situation in Afghanistan and threats arising from terrorism, radicalisation and drug trafficking as well as the need for humanitarian assistance, the joint statement said.

The participants reiterated strong support for a peaceful, secure and stable Afghanistan while emphasizing the respect for sovereignty, unity and territorial integrity and non-interference in its internal affairs.

They expressed deep concern over the suffering of the people of Afghanistan arising from the security situation and condemned the terrorist attacks in Kunduz, Kandahar and Kabul, referring to the suicide bombings carried out by the Islamic State-Khorasan in recent weeks, targeting mainly Shias.

They emphasised that Afghanistan’s territory should not be used for sheltering, training, planning or financing any terrorist acts. They also called for a collective cooperation against the menace of radicalisation, extremism, separatism and drug trafficking in the region.

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