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Peace agreement between the United States and the Taliban: why India will closely monitor Afghanistan | India News

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NEW DELHI / DOHA: The United States signed a historic agreement with the Taliban insurgents on Saturday that could pave the way for the total withdrawal of foreign soldiers from Afghanistan in the next 14 months and represents a step towards the end of the 18-year war there.

Over the past decade, political leaders and security leaders in India have anticipated the withdrawal of US troops from Afghanistan, and what that would mean for India.

India has been a key player in the peace and reconciliation process in Afghanistan. His ambassador to Qatar attended the signing of the historic peace agreement, making it the first time that New Delhi officially attends an event that involves the Taliban.

The peace agreement is expected to initiate two processes: a gradual withdrawal of US troops and an “intra-Afghan” dialogue. The first test will be a “significant reduction of violence” in Afghanistan. “The intra-Afghan negotiations will begin shortly thereafter and will be based on this fundamental step to achieve a comprehensive and permanent ceasefire and the future political roadmap for Afghanistan. The only way to achieve a sustainable peace in Afghanistan is for Afghans to come together and agree on the way forward, “said US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.

India will closely monitor the withdrawal
+ as well as the details of a security presence / fight against terrorism that the United States may have in Afghanistan.

Tilak Devasher, previously with RAW, said: “India’s interest is to secure the investments we have made in Afghanistan over the past two decades, and the safety of our diplomats, personnel and missions. In addition, we would distrust the ungoverned spaces in that country, which could become a reason for terrorist groups to flourish. Of particular concern would be the possibility that Pakistan can use these spaces to move its anti-Indian terrorist infrastructure, groups like LeT and JeM from Pakistan. ”

In a sense, the peace agreement could be a kind of victory for Pakistan, which has been the main defender of the Taliban.

Pakistan has been pressured by the United States to bring the Taliban to the negotiating table and, prima facie, has complied. It is significant, therefore, that despite Pakistan’s importance in achieving this agreement, it could not remain off the FATF gray list, which Prime Minister Imran Khan had desperately wanted.

The former ambassador to Afghanistan, Gautam Mukhopadhyaya, said: “For the sake of peace that Afghans desperately want after decades of war and terrorism, any opportunity for conversations between Afghans should be welcomed and have a chance. But Afghans will enter into such talks with the US. UU. Repositioned as facilitators instead of strategic political and military partners, and neither the Afghans nor we should have the illusion that the decks are against. Afghans need all the political support of the international community they can get. ”

The results of the Afghan elections were made public after months, which gave Ashraf Ghani another victory. The results have been rejected by Abdullah Abdullah and others. Neither the United States nor Pakistan have congratulated Ghani, only India and the EU have done so. It is no secret that the Taliban do not consider the Kabul government to be legitimate. Not only does this put Ghani and his government in an uncertain position, but it could allow the Taliban to choose different groups and expel Ghani in the foreseeable future.

In an oped, Sirajuddin Haqqani, deputy director of the Taliban and head of the dreaded Haqqani Network, emphasized a “new Afghanistan.”

The contours of that will be observed cautiously from India.

Times of India

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