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Khalilzad, Indian officials talk Afghan peace process

Khalilzad, Indian officials talk Afghan peace process

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Jan 12, 2019 - 15:13

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok): US Special Representative for Afghan and Reconciliation Zalmay Khalilzad has held productive talks with Indian officials on the peace process in the war-ravaged country

On his social media account, the US peace envoy said he had discussed with Indian officials how to help the Afghans achieve enduring peace and possible cooperation on bilateral and regional fronts.

“Just concluded meetings in #India. The warm hospitality I received kept the winter chill at bay! Our countries share a long-standing commitment to #Afghanistan. We discussed how to help Afghans achieve enduring peace & areas of possible cooperation, both bilaterally & regionally,” he tweeted.

Indian media said New Delhi’s concerns about Pakistaninfo-icon’s role in backing the Talibaninfo-icon figured in Khalilzad’s discussions with his interlocutors in New Delhi. The US-backed peace process in Afghanistaninfo-icon was also discussed on Friday.

Islamabad’s push for talks with the Taliban against the backdrop of a planned US troop drawdown has been causing anxiety in New Delhi, especially since Pakistan’s efforts appeared to be aimed at minimising India’s influence in the war-torn country.

Simultaneously, Afghan leaders have been hinting they would prefer India to take on a larger role in shaping the peace process.

India’s concerns were raised during Khalilzad’s meetings with Externalinfo-icon Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj on Thursday and Foreign Secretary Vijay Gokhale on Friday.

US, Indian and Afghan officials have long accused Pakistan of providing safe haven to the Afghan Taliban leadership and of supporting the group. But Islamabad denies the charge.

Nh/mud

 

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