At the Regional Security Dialogue, senior national security officials from Iran, Russia, China, India and Afghanistan attended a meeting in Tehran to examine possibilities of promoting peace and the fight terrorism in the region.
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Secretary of Iran’s Supreme National Security Council Ali Shamkhani hosted the meeting christened ‘Regional Security Dialogue,’ which was attended by officials from Russia, China, India and Afghanistan, Nikolai Patrushev, Dang Jing Wing, Ajit Doval, and Hamdullah Mohib, respectively.
Shamkhani called for closer security and intelligence agreement among the four nations to fight against terrorism in the region. Regional states, he said, need to take security matters into their own hands and help prevent foreign intrusion in the region. The meeting between four nations was held only four days after a terrorist attack targeted a military parade in Ahvaz.
He censured the “instrumentalization” of terrorism as well as the financial, political, logistical and ideological support for terror groups as examples of such double-standard policies.
Afghanistan On Agenda
Russian defence official Nikolai Patrushev addressed the situation in Afghanistan, which has been grappling with Taliban and Daesh terrorism over the years. The Russian official warned against the growing capabilities of the Taliban militant group despite the presence of thousands of US forces in Afghanistan.
“The Taliban’s military accomplishments demonstrate the ineffectiveness of attempts to bet on the use of military force in persuading Afghanistan’s traditional opposition to negotiate,” he said. “It can be confirmed that this is happening despite the US’ 17-year military presence in Afghanistan.”
The Chinese and Indian security officials also addressed the meeting, expressing their countries’ willingness to support devise mechanisms to cut the flow of foreign aid to the terrorists operating in the region.