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Russia offers India its first invite for Troika plus meets on Afghanistan
Russia, India’s neighboring country has invited India for the first time to the Russia-US-China Troika Plus meet in Afghanistan. In the meeting, it would be discussed, among other issues, the role of the Taliban and the future of the landlocked country.
The decision to invite India for this meet was signaled at the South Central Asia connectivity meet at Tashkent last week. This meeting invitation follows Foreign Minister S Jaishankar’s recent visit to Russia, Tehran, and Central Asia where the issue of Afghanistan had dominated the agenda of S Jaishankar’s meetings. At the recent Shanghai Cooperation Organisation meeting in Dushanbe last week, Jaishankar advised the Taliban to abide by the Moscow format and Doha and Istanbul processes.
Iran has also been invited to the meeting as like India. Pakistan and its representatives from Kabul might be part of the meet. Russia is trying to form a regional consensus on the future of Afghanistan thus the meeting would be held in the near future.
In the last meet of Troika Plus meet which was held in March, India was not present even Russia kept India posted on the meet. Pakistan participated in the meet held before the US decision to withdraw from the Afghan theatre. Russia has been conducting the Moscow format talks on Afghanistan. India has been given an invitation for this format of talks that includes Russia, Afghanistan, Pakistan, China and Iran.
Russia launched a trilateral military exercise in Central Asia comprising military ally Tajikistan and key partner Uzbekistan which targeted at sending a strong message against any spillover of extremism into the former Soviet space.
Capital: Moscow, Currency: Russian Ruble
President: Vladimir Putin
Shanghai Cooperation Organization:
Founded: 15 June 2001
Headquarters: Beijing, China
Secretary-General: Vladimir Norov