Extended troika on Afghanistan may become a ‘five’ - Security Council

25 October 2022

The dialogue format on Afghanistan, known as the extended Troika, may be reformed into a ‘five’, that is with India and Iran participating instead of the US, Russian Security Council Deputy Secretary Alexander Venediktov told TASS.

He recalled that the Russian MFA held talks with Washington and Afghanistan "in the bilateral format as well as within the framework of the so-called extended Troika, consisting of special envoys of Russia, China, the US and Pakistan".

"However, taking into account the non-constructive approach of the United States to its work, a five-party mechanism with the participation of Russia, China, Pakistan, Iran and India started to shape," Venediktov said.

He also pointed to the regular consultations of secretaries of security councils or national security advisors of the region’s countries (India, Iran, Kazakhstan, China, Kyrgyzstan, Pakistan, Russia, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan) on the Afghan issue.

"The following format, along with the work of the SCO (Shanghai Cooperation Organization) is one of the most in-demand and useful in terms of peaceful settlement in Afghanistan. This year such a meeting took place in Dushanbe, the next year we hope to gather our partners here in Moscow," he said.



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Based on materials from TASS