Any peace process in Afghanistan should have ‘full consent’ of its people: India

MEA spokesperson Raveesh Kumar.
MEA spokesperson Raveesh Kumar. (File)

Days after US President Donald Trump referred to as off negotiations with the Taliban, India on Thursday mentioned any peace course of ought to have “full consent” of the Afghan authorities and its folks.

Exterior Affairs Ministry Spokesperson Raveesh Kumar mentioned India was very intently following the developments regarding peace initiatives in Afghanistan.

He was requested about Trump cancelling a secret assembly with Taliban leaders at his Camp David retreat final week.

“We are following the developments including talks between the US and the Taliban very closely. We are of the view that all sections of Afghan society including legitimately elected government should be part of the peace process,” Kumar mentioned.

Trump on September eight mentioned that he cancelled the key assembly with the Taliban after it admitted of being behind a terror assault in Kabul which killed a dozen folks together with a US soldier.

“We have supported the election process which is about to unfold later this month. Our point of view is that any process should respect the constitutional legacy and it should not lead to any ungoverned spaces where terrorists and their proxies can relocate,” the MEA spokesperson mentioned.

He mentioned any course of ought to have full consent of the Afghan authorities and its folks.

“We are reasonably confident that any decision on the peace process taken by the US and the international community will take into account all these concerns,” Kumar mentioned.

India has been supporting a nationwide peace and reconciliation course of which is Afghan-led, Afghan-owned and Afghan-controlled.

In March, India conveyed to the US that it shouldn’t withdraw its troops from Afghanistan with out setting up an elected “political structure” to control the nation.

Main powers such because the US, Russia and Iran have been reaching out to the Taliban as a part of efforts to push the stalled Afghan peace course of. India has been a key stakeholder within the peace and reconciliation course of in Afghanistan.

In a major transfer, India had despatched two former diplomats in “non-official” capability to a convention on Afghan peace course of in Moscow final November which was attended by a high-level Taliban delegation.

The convention organised by Russia was attended by representatives of Afghanistan in addition to from a number of different international locations, together with the US, Pakistan and China.

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