New Delhi. The issue of Pakistan’s links with terrorism and Afghanistan was discussed in the meeting of the member countries of the Quad group held in America. Foreign Secretary Harsh Vardhan Shringla informed that during the bilateral meetings, the need to monitor the role of Pakistan in Afghanistan was discussed. He said that Pakistan, which is projecting itself as a helper, is in many ways the reason for some of the problems that India is facing with the neighboring countries.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi along with his Australian and Japanese counterparts Scott Morrison and Yoshihide Suga participated in the first in-person quad meeting held at the White House. Shringla said that during the bilateral talks held at the White House, the role of Pakistan in Afghanistan was clearly expressed. At the same time, concerns were also expressed on some such activities of Pakistan, which were not according to the expectations of the international community.
He said that during the meetings, India and the US agreed that the issue of terrorism is very important. The Foreign Secretary said that both sides questioned the use of terrorist proxies of any kind and stressed the need to refuse financial or military aid to terrorist groups. Shringla informed that America and India will organize talks against terrorism.
The Foreign Secretary said that during the meetings some discussions have also taken place on the situation in Afghanistan. During this, he referred to United Nations resolution 2593. “Both sides talked about terrorism in Afghanistan and the need to combat it,” he said. He called on the Taliban to abide by all the promises made under these and resolution 2593. This, of course, includes ensuring that Afghan soil will not be used to threaten attacks against any country, to sponsor terrorist groups or to finance terrorist attacks. Also stressed on the need to combat terrorism in Afghanistan.
Shringla said the two delegations asked Afghanistan to respect the provisions of women, children, minorities and human cooperation. The foreign secretary said he also called for an inclusive political discussion in Afghanistan. He informed, ‘This is a very important thing. I think the current regime is not looking inclusive, it did not include the ethnic minorities of Afghanistan, which they should have done, they did not include the participation of women.