The Indian officials have reiterated New Delhi’s stance regarding an Afghan-led and Afghan-owned peace process during a meeting with Ambassador Zalmay Khalilzad, the U.S. Special Representative for Afghanistan Reconciliation.
Raveesh Kumar, a spokesman for the Ministry of External Affairs of India told reporters that External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj reiterated New Delhi’s position during a meeting Ambassador Khalilzad, making it “very clear” to the US that the peace and reconciliation in Afghanistan should be Afghan-owned, Afghan-led and Afghan-controlled.
Kumar further added “Essentially, both sides, we share perspectives on peace and reconciliation in Afghanistan. Mr Khalilzad briefed EAM and FS on their aspect as to how the US is trying to achieve peace and reconciliation in the country.”
“This is connected to the comments made by the Army chief. Our position on Afghanistan has been very clear and very consistent. We have said in the past and we continue to do so that India supports the peace and reconciliation efforts in Afghanistan,” he said.
“We support the process which is inclusive towards achieving this goal and there has been no change in that position,” Kumar added.
Ambassador last week embarked on a new trip to four countries to discuss ongoing efforts regardig the reconciliation process in Afghanistan.
He is expected to visit China, Pakistan, and Afghanistan as part of his trip regarding the Afghan reconciliation process.