After Pakistan, China Declines Invite To NSA-Level ‘Delhi Regional Security Dialogue’ On Afghanistan

India: In the latest development on the national security advisor (NSA)-level meeting to be hosted by India, China has reportedly said that it will not be able to attend the dialogue due to scheduling issues.

This comes as India is set to host a regional security dialogue on Afghanistan on November 10 for which the NSAs of Russia, Iran, China, Pakistan, Tajikistan, and Uzbekistan have been formally invited.

NSA Ajit Doval will chair the ‘Delhi Regional Security Dialogue on Afghanistan.

As per ANI sources, China said that it is unable to attend the conference due to scheduling issues while adding that it is open for dialogue with India on Afghanistan multilaterally and bilaterally.

Notably, Pakistan was earlier reported to have declined the invitation to the regional countries’ NSA-level meeting being hosted by India.

Meanwhile, the NSAs of seven countries are reported to have confirmed participation in the ‘Delhi Regional Security Dialogue on Afghanistan’ set to take place on Wednesday.

Two earlier meetings in this format were held in Iran in September 2018 and December 2019.