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‘Afghanistan situation’: DG ISI hosts meeting of regional intelligence chiefs

Meeting's participants discuss security situation in Afghanistan. (Source: File)

ISLAMABAD: Director-General (DG) Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) Lt Gen Faiz Hameed hosted a meeting of regional intelligence chiefs to discuss the evolving situation in Afghanistan and how to cooperate for ensuring peace and stability.

According to several media reports, intelligence chiefs of Russia, Iran, China, Kazakhstan, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan attended the meeting hosted by Pakistan. However, there was no official confirmation from any side.

The participants of the meeting exchanged views on the security situation in Afghanistan, a few days after the Taliban announced an interim government to fill the political void.

There have been flurry of visits being undertaken by foreign ministers of several countries as well as intelligence chiefs.

Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid has asked the international community to recognise the Taliban’s government in Afghanistan, assuring them that the group would address the issues various countries have put forth.

However, US State Department spokesperson Ned Price said in a news conference on Thursday that the interim Taliban government did not reflect what the international community and the United States had hoped to see.

Lt Gen Hameed last week visited Kabul to meet with the Taliban representatives and discuss matters related to the safe evacuation of foreign nationals, border management, and security in the region, sources had said at the time.

It is also pertinent to note that Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) Director William Joseph Burns held a meeting with Pakistan Army chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa earlier this week and discussed the evolving situation in Afghanistan, according to a statement by the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR).