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Pakistan snubs India, declines invite to attend NSAs meeting

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Pakistan’s National Security Adviser Moeed Yusuf Tuesday confirmed that he would not visit India to attend a meeting of the national security advisers (NSA) discussing the issue of Afghanistan.

The NSA was speaking to reporters after a ceremony during which Pakistan and Uzbekistan signed a protocol on the establishment of a joint security commission to enhance bilateral cooperation in security-related matters.

“I will not visit New Delhi on India’s invitation,” he said.

Yusuf maintained that Pakistan and Uzbekistan were on the same page on Afghanistan’s issue. Yusuf said that Afghanistan has been at war for the last four decades, adding that the situation in the country had a direct impact on Pakistan.

On October 17, in a bid to addresses a humanitarian crisis and discuss the evolving situation in Afghanistan, India had reportedly proposed to host a meeting of the national security advisers (NSA) of key stakeholder countries.

New Delhi had proposed two dates – November 10 and 11 – for the NSA meeting, Indian media had reported.

According to a report published in India Today, invitations for the meeting had been extended to key stakeholders in the region, including Russia, China, and Pakistan.

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