The First Round of Trilateral Consultations between India, Afghanistan and Iran at the Director General/Joint Secretary level was held on April 27, 2016 at the Ministry of External Affairs of India, New Delhi. The Afghan side was represented by HE Dr Shaida Mohammad Abdali, Ambassador of Islamic Republic of Afghanistan to India, Mr Mohammad Ashraf Haidari, Director General of Policy & Strategy Coordination and Development, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Mr Sayed Mujtaba Ahmadi, Deputy Chief of Mission and Economic Counsellor, Embassy of Islamic Republic of Afghanistan, New Delhi, and Mr Maihan Saeedi, Programme Coordinator, Office of the Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs.
The Afghan delegation briefed about the various on-going efforts for peace and reconciliation in Afghanistan, following which the trio deliberated on the current situation. They had fruitful discussions on ways to harness economic opportunities and improve regional connectivity, through initiatives like Chabahar. It is worth mention that earlier in the month, the trio had together finalised the text for the Trilateral Agreement on Chabahar. The Agreement is expected to be soon officially signed at the highest level by the three countries.
Both India and Iran reiterated their commitment to bring peace, stability and prosperity to Afghanistan and to speed up the reconstruction process with a focus on enhancing investments from the region and beyond into Afghanistan and improving regional connectivity. They strongly condemned the recent terrorist attack in Kabul on April 19, 2016, which killed and injured more than 400 innocent Afghans. It was decided that the three countries will convene regularly in this format. The Iranian delegation has proposed to host the next Round of Consultations in Tehran.