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Focus on terror in US, Russia talks with India

India has conveyed to top security and intelligence officials of the UK, the US and Russia its concerns over Pakistan’s links with the Taliban and foreign terrorist groups operating in Afghanistan, and the need for steps to prevent instability spilling over into the wider region, including India. The officials of the three countries made a beeline for India to discuss the situation in Afghanistan following the Taliban takeover and its implications for regional security — an indication, also, of the understanding among the world’s powers that India is an important stakeholder in the issue. Richard Moore, the head of the UK Secret Intelligence Service or MI6, was the first of the visitors over the past week, and he was followed on Tuesday by Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) director William Burns. Both spy chiefs and their teams met national security adviser Ajit Doval and top members of the National Security Council Secretariat, people familiar with developments said on condition of anonymity. On Wednesday, Doval met Nikolay Patrushev, secretary of Russia’s security council. Patrushev visited India at Doval’s invitation for high-level bilateral consultations on Afghanistan, the external affairs ministry said.

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