Ajit Doval: Indian NSA visits Iran for first of its kind regional meet to counter ISIS threat

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NEW DELHI: India’s National Security Advisor (NSA) Ajit Doval visited Iran on 26 September to participate in a first of its kind of meeting, of regional players, focussing on the rising threat posed by terrorism, including Daesh/ISIS, to regional and global peace, security and stability.

Other participants included NSAs/Secretaries to the National Security Council/ Deputy Minister of Security from Afghanistan, China, Iran and Russia. The visit by these NSAs to Tehran is also significant coming days after terror attack in Iran.

Both Russia and Iran have been voicing concern over growing network of ISIS in Afghanistan.India and China are launching joint project in Afghanistan and Delhi also plans to partner Moscow separately for joint projects in the landlocked country.

The meeting provided an opportunity for exchange of views on the issue of terrorism and ways and means to cooperate for effectively dealing with this menace.

Doval articulated India’s abiding commitment to partner in bilateral, regional and global forums for tackling the scourge of terrorism which poses a huge threat to the entire humanity.

Indian NSA highlighted the need to not make a distinction between good and bad terrorism; greater cooperation, including through information sharing for disrupting support mechanisms such as training, financing and supply of weapons; need for disrupting cross-border movement of terrorists; and isolating those who support and sponsor terrorism.

The terrorist violence in Afghanistan was rejected unequivocally and support was expressed to assist the Government and defence forces of Afghanistan to deal with terrorist groups and narcotics smuggling; and to assist in reconstruction and economic development of Afghanistan. Importance was attached to promoting peace and reconciliation in Afghanistan which was Afghan-led, Afghan owned and Afghan-controlled.

During his visit, Doval had separate bilateral meetings with his counterparts from Iran, Russia and Afghanistan on issues of bilateral mutual interest. The meeting with Russia was important ahead of annual summit here on October 5.

The NSA’s visit to Iran was significant ahead of November 4 deadline imposed by the USA for bringing imports of Iranian oil to a total halt.





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