3rd UN Conference on Afghanistan at Doha

Jul 04, 2024

Current Affair 1:


Why this conference is important?

 The conference is a critical, high-level opportunity for donors and the region to chart next steps on how to improve the situation in Afghanistan and engage with the Taliban regime.

Important points to know regarding Prelims:

  1. The third meeting of Special Envoys on Afghanistan took place in Doha, Qatar, on 30 June and 1 July.
  2. The meeting follows talks in Doha in May 2023 and February 2024.
  3. International community has not recognized the interim administration OF Taliban since their return to power in August 2021.
  4. The meeting is significant as it is the first time that the Taliban are attending the talks.
  5. India is among the 25 countries participating in the third UN-led conference on Afghanistan, looking to find ways to improve the lives of the Afghan people in the Taliban ruled country.
  6. The US, Russia, and Pakistan also attended the meeting.
  7. The Doha conference also sees EU, OIC, and SCO participation.
  8. The meeting has sparked an international outcry because Afghan women haven’t been invited. Rights activists have criticized the UN’s approach, saying it gives legitimacy to the Taliban and betrays its commitment to women’s rights.

In respect to India:

India has legitimate economic and security interests in Afghanistan. New Delhi is of the view that the international community must focus on combating terrorism, humanitarian assistance, the formation of a truly inclusive government, and preserving the rights of women, girls, and minorities.

Securing its investments in Afghanistan is also a priority for India as it working on close to 500 projects in the country spread across all 34 provinces.


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