India In A Dilemma After Afghanistan Drops Out Of Moscow Talks Over Taliban Presence

India is awaiting clarity on the success of diplomatic efforts in convincing Afghanistan to participate in the second round of regional consultations in Moscow next month. This before deciding on the level of representation at the meeting that would also be attended by a delegation from Taliban.

When Russia first conveyed that the second round of the ‘Moscow-format’ meeting will be held on September 4, India had no hesitation in accepting the invitation.

This was despite the Russians announcing that the Taliban’s political office in Doha was also extended an invitation to the same meeting. It would be the Taliban’s biggest ever diplomatic foray, with about a dozen countries invited by Russia.

More significantly for New Delhi, it would effectively mean that, for the first time, India could be taking part in a multilateral conference alongside an Afghan Taliban representative. Read More

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