Lawmakers from the G7 countries have suggested India’s participation in bloc’s meetings on the Afghanistan crisis.
The G7 meetings would seek to develop a united front for global security and regional stability, following the takeover of Afghanistan by the Taliban.
Chairman of the US Senate Foreign Relations Committee – Bob Menendez and his counterparts from Italy, France, Germany, Japan, UK and European Parliament made this suggestion in a joint statement.
“With the spill over of terrorism possible, we would like to see India invited to attend this G7 meeting,” the joint statement stated.
“This would promote a regional shift for governments and ensure that the spill over effects of Afghanistan which could destabilise neighbouring countries are constantly monitored by those closest to the likely areas of threat,” they said.
The lawmakers from the G7 nations also said that the African Union should be invited to attend individual G7 meetings when appropriate.
“As other terror groups are beginning to muster in the Horn of Africa and reawaken movements elsewhere, we believe the African Union should be invited to attend individual G-7 meetings when appropriate,” the statement added.
“The withdrawal of US and allied forces from Afghanistan should not be misinterpreted by the global community as any weakening of resolve from G7 governments in taking all necessary measures to combat cross-border terrorism, to support regional cooperation or advance democratic values,” Menendez and his counterparts from G7 countries said in the joint statement.