2 top US officials arrive in India to discuss Russia and Afghanistan : The Tribune India

Tribune press service

Sandeep Dikshit

New Delhi, May 26

Immediately after the curtain fell on the Quad Summit in Tokyo, two senior US officials arrived in India to discuss Russia and Afghanistan. Meanwhile, National Security Advisor Ajit Doval is in Tajikistan to discuss Afghanistan with NSAs from eight regional countries, including Russia, China and Iran.

A day after Trade Minister Piyush Goel reiterated that Russian oil represents a small part of India’s total imports while the West buys far more, Elizabeth Rosenberg of the Terrorism Financing and Financial Crimes Division of the US Treasury is in India to speak with officials and industry about the United States. punishments.

On the table is a poll that Indian importers of Russian oil could face secondary sanctions that could be on the anvil. Current US sanctions against Russia do not prevent other countries from buying Russian oil. Another issue is the wheat shortage and India’s ability to ease it somewhat to curb its global price spike.

“It’s important to talk to strong U.S. partners and make sure we’re in close contact about our sanctions regime and working together to quell any evasion opportunities or activity,” the door-keeper said. word of the US Treasury when announcing his visit. Rosenberg’s visit to India is part of a Biden administration effort to reach out to friendly non-Western nations to persuade them to loosen defense and energy ties with Russia, she added. .

Meanwhile, US Special Representative to Afghanistan Thomas West met with MEA Joint Secretary JP Singh on Wednesday evening for detailed discussions on Afghan policy. West appreciated India for providing essential humanitarian aid and acknowledged that it had interests to protect. “We will continue to partner with India and other countries in the region to advance common goals,” he tweeted.

A common interest is the welfare of non-Pashtun Afghan groups. In Delhi, West also met self-exiled Tajik leader Abdullah Abdullah who was recently allowed by the Taliban to return and see his family. “We discussed critical issues for the future of Afghanistan, human rights abuses, the essential role of women in society and terrorist threats,” West said.

NSA Doval is in the Tajik capital of Dushanbe for the fourth regional security dialogue on Afghanistan. Unlike the last conference organized by Doval here on November 10, China is present. Russia, India and Central Asian countries are concerned about remnants of weapons in Afghanistan and the country becoming a base for terrorist attacks in the region.

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