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NEW DELHI : Russia, India and China need to join forces to ensure that humanitarian assistance reaches the people of Afghanistan without any hindrance and politicization, foreign minister S. Jaishankar said on Friday.

Speaking at the 18th meeting of the Russia-India-China (RIC) countries at the level of foreign ministers, Jaishankar pointed out that it was necessary for RIC countries to coordinate their approaches on the threats of terrorism, radicalization and drug trafficking. Chinese foreign minister Wang Yi and his Russian counterpart Sergey Lavrov took part in the meeting. India took over as chair of the RIC after its last meeting in Moscow in September 2020.

Jaishankar said as a contiguous neighbour and partner of Afghanistan, India was concerned about the recent developments in that country, especially the suffering of the Afghan people.

“In line with our commitment to the well-being of Afghan people, we have offered the supply of 50,000 metric tonnes of wheat to Afghanistan to address the drought situation," he said.

A joint statement issued after the talks said the three countries “reaffirmed their support for basic principle of an Afghan-led and Afghan-owned peace and called for the formation of a truly inclusive government", representative of all the major ethnic and political groups of the country.

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