Denying safe heavens can bring sustainable peace to Afghanistan: Akbaruddin

Photo of Indian Foreign Service officer Syed Akbaruddin.

Syed Akbaruddin who is an Indian Foreign Service officer serving as India’s permanent representative at the United Nations since January 2016 has said that sustainable peace can be brought in Afghanistan only by rejecting safety to the terrorist groups in its neighbourhood.

He stated: “If we are to bring sustainable peace to Afghanistan, groups and individuals that perpetrate violence against the people and the Government of Afghanistan must be denied safe havens and sanctuaries in Afghanistan’s neighbourhood.”

While speaking in the UN Security Council about the situation of Afghanistan and its implications for international peace and security, Akbaruddin said that India invites the main message of Special Representative of the Secretary-General (SRSG) Yamamoto emphasizing the positive and supportive role that regional countries and neighbourhood countries have to play.

He stated it as: “It is apparent that our efforts at rebuilding institutions, infrastructure and networks in Afghanistan are being undermined; schools are being destroyed; mosques bombarded and religious gatherings targeted.”

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He also highlighted the point that all those who committed these dreadful crimes have thrived and survived only with the help and support on the outside. He further added on: “We need to address, as an imperative, the support that terrorist organizations like the Taliban, Haqqani Network, Daesh, Al-Qaeda and its designated affiliates such as Lashkar-e-Toiba and the Jaish-e-Mohammed which operate entirely outside the fabric of international law draw from their shadowy supporters outside Afghanistan.”

Emphasizing on another point about the result of the Heart of Asia Ministerial meeting held previously this year, Syed said that it was the mark of international community and India’s promise to Afghanistan. His statement was as such: “A key focus during India’s co-chairmanship of the Heart of Asia process has been to bring to centre-stage the importance of connectivity for Afghanistan.”

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