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Afghanistan must not allow its soil for terrorist acts: say India and Australian leaders after 2+2 talks Afghanistan
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Afghanistan must not allow its soil for terrorist acts: say India and Australian leaders after 2+2 talks

India Blooms News Service | @indiablooms | 11 Sep 2021, 05:39 pm

New Delhi/UNI: India and Australia on Saturday had a very detailed exchange of views on the situation in Afghanistan and both sides were in concurrence that Afghanistan must not allow its soil to be used for terrorist activities, External Affairs Minister S. Jaishankar said here after the 2+2 talks with his Australian counterpart Marise Payne.

Australian Foreign Minister Payne said, “Afghanistan should never again become a safe haven for terrorism.”

Addressing the media after holding the inaugural 2+2 ministerial level talks along with their defence counterparts, Rajnath Singh and Peter Dutton from Australia, EAM Jaishankar said: “We had a very detailed exchange of views on Afghanistan, and our approach is very similar.”

Both sides said the focus should remain on the United Nations Security Council resolution 2593 on Afghanistan, adopted on August 30 under India’s presidency.

“Afghanistan must not allow its soil for terrorism,” said Jaishankar.

“There were also issues of concern of the inclusiveness of the dispensation, their treatment of women and minorities,” he said, referring to the caretaker government installed by the Taliban in Kabul that has many ministers who figure in the UN Sanctions List and with no representation of women or other ethnic minorities of the country.

They also discussed issues related to travel of Afghans out of the country, and of humanitarian assistance to be provided to Afghans, he said.

“We had a good exchange of notes,” he added.

Payne said that Afghanistan should never again become a safe haven for terrorism.

Payne, who is also Minister for Women, said that "many Afghan women and girls attest to the past two decades" of development in the country “and both of us are keen that those are not wound back”.

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