India, Russia officials hold talks on Afghanistan

NEW DELHI — Zamir Kabulov, Russia’s Special Presidential Envoy for Afghanistan, and J.P. Singh, Joint Secretary in the Ministry of External Affairs held consultations on Afghanistan in New Delhi on Wednesday, focusing on the situation of the Afghan people, Indian media reported.

The two sides discussed the need for development assistance to support the welfare of the Afghan population, according to India’s Ministry of External Affairs.

The Russian Embassy detailed the meeting in a post on X, noting, “On May 15, in New Delhi, Zamir Kabulov, Special Presidential Envoy for Afghanistan and Director of the Russian Foreign Ministry’s Second Asian Department, held inter-MFA consultations on Afghanistan with J.P. Singh, Joint Secretary for Pakistan, Afghanistan, and Iran at India’s MEA.”

Both parties emphasized the importance of development aid for Afghanistan during their discussions, the statement said.

This comes as China’s Special Envoy for Afghanistan, Yue Xiaoyong, met with his Uzbek counterpart, Ismatilla Irgashev, on Wednesday.

According to Yue, the envoys agreed to enhance collaboration for the peace and reconstruction of Afghanistan.