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US eyes India’s support for Afghan peace process

US eyes India’s support for Afghan peace process

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Feb 23, 2020 - 11:12

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok): President Donald Trump is all set to prod India into supporting the peace process in Afghanistaninfo-icon, an administration official says.

Trump arrives in India on Monday for a two-day visit for talks with host leaders, including Prime Minister Narendra Modi, on a variety of subjects. 

Ahead of the presidential visit, an unnamed US official was quoted as saying: “We would just encourage India, as we are all regional countries, to do whatever it can to support this peace process…”

If a potential Talibaninfo-icon-US peace agreement is signed later this month and implemented, the official said American forces could be withdrawn from Afghanistan.

With regard to the US-Taliban understanding on reducing violence across Afghanistan for a week, the official said: “We see this as a major step forward.

Even after an end to its 19-year military engagement, the US would continue diplomatic and economic engagement with Afghanistan.

“We certainly would look to India to support this peace process – an important country in the region, important to the overall stability of the region. So I think if the issue comes up, that is what would be the request from the president," he said.

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