Afghanistan is likely to dominate discussions at this year’s virtual BRICS Summit today.
India declared it will chair the 13th summit meet of leaders virtually.
The summit has been held virtually for the second year running due to the pandemic.
Today’s annual gathering of the world’s leading emerging economies include Brazil, Russia, India, China, and South Africa.
The Thursday Summit comes in the backdrop of a significant change in the political landscape in Afghanistan in which three of the BRICS member countries, China, India, and Russia, have a direct bearing.
With the Taliban now announcing a new government, the world is working out ways to come to terms with the new reality.
As the situation changed on August 15, when the Abdul Ghani government melted away, among the early movers were China and Russia, whose imprint in the strife-torn country is deep.
The Summit’s view on the BRICS counter-terrorism action plan will be of interest to the four priority areas.
What will the future hold?
The Taliban said Afghanistan was declaring its “independence,” according to their spokesman, Zabihullah Mujahid.
Anas Haqqani, a Taliban leader, said Tuesday the group had finally achieved what they had struggled for 20 years in Afghanistan.
“What we achieved today is the result of the blood of thousands of mujahedeen, loyalty, patience and tolerating the difficulties.”
The Taliban has promised to allow foreigners and Afghans to leave Afghanistan beyond 31 August.
More than 120,000 people have succeeded to go out of Afghanistan, including around 6,000 Americans.
The group spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid declared the group is now busy with securing and operating the site.
He further indicated that they were in talks with Qatar and Turkey about the facility’s future