China on Tuesday said that it will not participate in the regional security dialogue on Afghanistan hosted by India, reported PTI.

“Due to scheduling reasons, it is inconvenient for China to attend the meeting,” Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Wang Wenbin said at a media briefing. “We have already given our reply to the Indian side.”

China’s ally Pakistan had also refused to accept the Modi government’s invitation to attend the meeting, reported The Hindu. “A spoiler cannot try to become a peacemaker,” Pakistan’s National Security Advisor Moeed Yusuf had said.

India will host the “Delhi Regional Security Dialogue on Afghanistan” on Wednesday. The meeting will be chaired by National Security Advisor Ajit Doval, the Union Ministry of External Affairs said in a statement.

Top security officials of Russia, Iran, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyz Republic, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan will participate in the meeting.

“The high level dialogue will review the security situation in the region arising from recent developments in Afghanistan,” the ministry said. “It will deliberate upon measures to address the relevant security challenges and support the people of Afghanistan in promoting peace, security and stability.”

The ministry said that India has friendly ties with the people of Afghanistan and has called for a “unified international response to address the security and humanitarian challenges” in the country….

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