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India, China discuss security, Afghanistan

world Updated: Apr 13, 2013 00:46 IST
Sutirtho Patranobis
Sutirtho Patranobis
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India and China on Friday wrapped up the 6th round of dialogue on counterterrorism in Beijing with officials touching on regional and international strategic security issues.

The officials from the two countries, according to an official response from China, have agreed to support the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation to play a greater role in Afghanistan and explore and discuss anti-terrorism and anti-drug cooperation within the framework of the Istanbul Process on Regional Security and Cooperation for a Secure and Stable Afghanistan. China, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyztan, Russia, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan are members of the SCO.

The Istanbul Process is a multi-country platform and the declaration was agreed upon in 2011 by Afghanistan, China, India, Iran, Kazakhstan, the Kyrgyz Republic, Pakistan, the Russian Federation, Saudi Arabia, the Republic of Tajikistan, Turkey, Turkmenistan, and the United Arab Emirates.

Led by additional secretary Navtej Sarna, Indian officials met their counterparts from China and had in-depth exchange of views that included the volatile situation in Afghanistan and what Kabul's future holds after the NATO troops pull out in 2014.