External Affairs Minister Dr S Jaishankar speaks at the Foreign Ministers’ meet of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation Council, in Dushanbe, Tajikistan on Wednesday. (ANI)
NEW DELHI :
“A new generation in Afghanistan has different expectations. We should not let them down,” said Jaishankar at SCO meet
EMPHASISING that the future of Afghanistan cannot be its past, India on Wednesday presented a three-point roadmap for the conflict-ridden country that entailed cessation of violence and terrorist attacks, settlement of the conflict through political dialogue and steps to ensure that neighbouring countries are not threatened by terrorism, separatism and extremism. External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar put forth the roadmap at a meeting of the SCO Foreign Ministers’ contact group on Afghanistan in Dushanbe amid growing global concerns over the Taliban fighters gaining control over large parts of the country. Russian Foreign Minister Serge Lavrov, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi, Pakistan Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi and Afghan’s Mohammad Hanif Atmar were among those who participated at meeting of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) contact group.
“The world, region and the Afghan people all want the same end state: 1. An independent, neutral, unified, peaceful, democratic and prosperous nation,” Jaishankar tweeted. “2. Ceasing violence and terrorist attacks against civilians and state representatives, settle conflict through political dialogue, and respect interests of all ethnic groups, and 3. Ensure that neighbours are not threatened by terrorism, separatism and extremism,” he said. Amid escalating violence in Afghanistan, India has been pressing for a comprehensive ceasefire. “Peace negotiations in earnest is the only answer. An acceptable compromise that reflects Doha process, Moscow format and Istanbul process is essential The future of Afghanistan cannot be its past. A whole new generation has different expectations.
We should not let them down,” Jaishankar added. The Doha process, Moscow format and Istanbul process are separate frameworks for dialogue to resolve the conflict in Afghanistan. “The challenge is to act seriously and sincerely on these beliefs. Because there are forces at work with a very different agenda. The world is against seizure of power by violence and force.