India will attend Russia conference in which Taliban is an invitee


Pakistan, China and Iran will also participate in the conference. In the meantime, Russian President Vladimir Putin said that battle-hardened militants are actively entering Afghanistan and the situation is not easy, Khaama Press reported.

A meeting of Taliban officials in Doha. (File pic)

New Delhi: India will participate in the international conference to be hosted by Russia on October 20, in which Taliban will also participate, said the officials of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Pakistan, China and Iran will also participate in the conference. In the meantime, Russian President Vladimir Putin said that battle-hardened militants are actively entering Afghanistan and the situation is not easy, Khaama Press reported.

The President made the remarks while addressing a virtual conference of the security service chiefs of the former Soviet states.

The statements of the Russian President attain significance in view of the conference ahead.

Putin apparently meant by Islamic State (IS) fighters the ones that have not been taken seriously by the Taliban.

IS is not believed to be a big threat to the de-facto government in Afghanistan because the affiliated group, IS-K does not have international or regional support.

Putin said that it is possible that the extremists might destabilize the situation in the neighbouring countries and might even seek direct expansion.

Though the Kremlin has been optimistic about the Taliban leadership in Kabul, it is concerned about instability spilling over into Central Asian countries, the report said.

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