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Karzai to India: Be part of US-Taliban parleys

Karzai to India: Be part of US-Taliban parleys

Jan 17, 2020 - 10:17

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok): Former President Hamid Karzai has urged India, a close ally of Afghanistaninfo-icon, to participate in US-led peace negotiations with the Talibaninfo-icon.

“We support the American peace process. We hope this will be successful and we hope all countries, especially our friends in India, will be on board,” Karzai said in an interview on Thursday.

Over the past few years, India has repeatedly ruled out negotiations with the Taliban. Instead it has been insisting on direct parleys between the Afghan government and the insurgent group.

Speaking to ThePrint, a digital Indian newspaper, the ex-president said his country was optimistic of the peace process going ahead smoothly and that an intra-Afghan dialogue will begin soon.

In his address to the conference called Raisina Dialogue, Karzai hailed India as an important friend of Afghanistan. In the same breath, he called Pakistaninfo-icon Afghanistan’s brother.

Pakistan and Iran are Afghanistan’s most influential neighbours, according to the ex-president, who said the tense Delhi-Islamabad relationship had tremendously impacted his country.

"We want to be India’s best friends … but we will tell Pakistan that our friendship with India is not going to stop us from being the best brothers and friends with Pakistan. How to convey this is a very difficult task," he remarked

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