India and Australia have called for a “broad and inclusive” government in Afghanistan to ensure long-term peace and stability in the war-torn country, signaling their clear reluctance to grant any recognition to the regime taliban
In a joint statement issued early on Sunday after the inaugural India-Australia 2+2 ministerial dialogue, both sides sought to protect the rights of women and children and their full participation in public life and expressed concerns for the targeted violence against the defenders of their rights. rights
The two countries stressed the urgent need for all countries to take “immediate, sustained, verifiable and irreversible” action to ensure that no territory under their control is used for terrorist attacks and to quickly bring to justice the perpetrators of such attacks
Australia reiterated its condemnation of terrorist attacks in India, including the 26/11 Mumbai, Pathankot and Pulwama attacks, and reiterated its support to New Delhi in the fight against terrorism, the statement said common
External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar and Defense Minister Rajnath Singh held in-person talks on Saturday with their Australian counterparts Marise Payne and Peter Dutton.
In the talks, the ministers renewed their commitment to achieve an “early harvest” announcement by December on an interim agreement to liberalize and deepen bilateral trade in goods and services that paves the way for an early conclusion of an Agreement on Comprehensive Economic Cooperation (CECA). .
“The ministers also stressed the importance of an early resolution of the issue of taxation of offshore income of Indian companies under the agreement to avoid India-Australia double taxation,” the joint statement said.
On the situation in Afghanistan, the statement said that the ministers expressed deep concern about it. “The ministers asked the Taliban to guarantee a safe passage for foreigners and Afghans who want to leave the country. They repeated calls to those in positions of power and authority throughout Afghanistan to adhere to the commitments of terrorism and human rights, in accordance with UN Security Council Resolution 2593,” the statement said.
The UNSC resolution 2593, adopted on August 30 under the presidency of India of the global body, demanded that the Afghan territory should not be used to threaten or attack any country or to harbor and train terrorists and planning or financing terrorist attacks.
The joint statement said the ministers noted reports of a rapid rollback of women’s and girls’ rights and access to services and public spaces, as well as violence directed against defenders of their rights.
“In this regard, the ministers reiterated their call for the protection of the rights of women and children and their full participation in public life,” he said.
“Ministers agreed that a broad and inclusive government is necessary for long-term peace and stability in Afghanistan. Ministers also agreed to remain alert to the wider repercussions of developments in Afghanistan for ongoing terrorist threats in the world, and in the world. our region,” he said.
The joint statement said Australia also expressed its strong support for India’s membership of the Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG).
Referring to the threat of terrorism, both sides strongly condemned terrorism in all its forms and the use of terrorist proxies for cross-border terrorism.
“The ministers stressed the urgent need for all countries to take immediate, sustained, verifiable and irreversible action to ensure that no territory under their control is used for terrorist attacks and to quickly bring to justice the perpetrators of such attacks” , the statement said.
He said that the two sides agreed to continue cooperation in the field of terrorism, including the fight against radicalization and violent extremism, the fight against the financing of terrorism, and the prevention of the exploitation of the Internet for terrorist activity.
The two sides also reiterated their commitment to promote cooperation in the fight against terrorism in multilateral forums such as the UN, G20, FATF, and also in Quad consultations.
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