New Delhi: Even as intra-Afghan talks, between Afghanistan authorities and Taliban, started in Qatar’s Doha, India and the US have agreed that the Afghan peace course of ought to result in a “political roadmap and ceasefire”. This was said by the US embassy on US Special Envoy for Afghanistan Zalmay Khalilzad’s at some point go to to India.
During his Delhi go to, which comes 4 days after intra-Afghan talks in Doha, Khalilzad held conferences with External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar and National Security Advisor (NSA) Ajit Doval. Foreign Secretary Harsh V Shringla, Joint Secretary, Pakistan Afghanistan and Iran division in MEA JP Singh had been additionally current within the assembly.
The US readout of the meet mentioned, “The Afghan sides should ensure their territory must not be used by any terrorist group against any other country.” This is a degree additionally raised by the EAM throughout his speech on the talks on September 12 which he addressed just about. According to a UN report, 6,000-6,500 Pakistani terrorists are based mostly in Pakistan.
Khalilzad “stressed regional and international support is critical for the success of these negotiations and the implementation of any agreement” and “India and the United States will work together in support of this objective”.
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The US readout additional added each side have “similar views on the importance of long term assistance, trade, and investment for consolidating a peace agreement for the benefit of the people of Afghanistan, the region, and beyond.” India has performed an vital function in connectivity on the subject of Afghanistan by way of the Chabahar port in Iran and the India Afghanistan air hall. It has additionally emerged as an vital developmental accomplice of the nation.
Meanwhile, Indian govt sources mentioned, “Khalilzad appreciated India’s participation in the Intra-Afghan Negotiations..” and “briefed about the US assessment the talks and shared the US perspective on the Afghan peace process.” Both sides whereas discussing “future steps and possible cooperation between India and the US in furthering the Afghan peace process” additionally “deliberated upon how to promote regional and international cooperation with regard to Afghanistan”.
Khalilzad had visited India on May 7 and that is his fifth go to to India since January 2019.