KABUL (Pajhwok): The leaders of Australia, India, Japan and the United States have pledged to closely coordinate their diplomatic, economic, and human-rights policies towards Afghanistan and deepen their counter-terrorism and humanitarian cooperation in the months ahead.
“We reaffirm that Afghan territory should not be used to threaten or attack any country or to shelter or train terrorists, or to plan or to finance terrorist acts, and reiterate the importance of combating terrorism in Afghanistan,” the four nations said in a statement.
They denounced the use of terrorist proxies and emphasized the importance of denying any logistical, financial or military support to terrorist groups which could be used to launch or plan terror attacks, including cross-border attacks.
“We stand together in support of Afghan nationals, and call on the Taliban to provide safe passage to any person wishing to leave Afghanistan, and to ensure that the human rights of all Afghans, including women, children, and minorities are respected.”
Leaders of Australia, India, Japan, and the United States, convened on Friday in person as “the Quad” for the first time.
“On this historic occasion we recommit to our partnership, and to a region that is a bedrock of our shared security and prosperity—a free and open Indo-Pacific, which is also inclusive and resilient.”