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India to 'closely monitor' developments at Bonn meet

Reflecting its keen interest in the evolving situation in Afghanistan, India is sending S K Lambah -- special envoy -- to Bonn to 'closely monitor' developments at the crucial United Nations-sponsored meeting beginning on Monday to discuss the formation of a broad-based government in Kabul.

Clarifying a media report that while the United States, the United Kingdom and Russia were heading for Bonn, India will not be there, a senior external affairs ministry official on Friday said, "Nobody has been invited for the meeting by the UN except the Afghan groups including the Northern Alliance."

The US, the UK and Britain will be present on 'their own' like the way India will be there, he said hoping that the Bonn meeting could lead to formation of a 'more broad- based' government in Kabul.

India established diplomatic contact with Kabul on Wednesday

Besides the Northern Alliance, the other Afghan groups invited for the meeting were people connected to former Afghan King Zahir Shah, the Pir Gilani group of Peshawar Convention and Afghan intellectuals of the Cyprus Convention.

Meanwhile, even as Kremlin and NATO mull closer cooperation to face new challenges, Chairman of Duma -- Russian Lower House -- Gennady Seleznyov has cautioned that a new global security structure would be incomplete without the involvement of India and China.

"If we want to ensure international security and protection from terrorism, including biological and nuclear, we must create a new structure that would incorporate powers like China and India," he was quoted as saying by the Itar-Tass news agency.

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