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Back agreements that bring peace to Afghanistan: India | India News

NEW DELHI: While the United States signaled the end of the war in Afghanistan with a peace agreement with the Taliban, a cautious India underlined its support for the agreement, which has been backed by everyone in the war-torn country, but not to mention the need for some of the parties involved to avoid international terrorism.

India also indicated that it will not limit its footprint in Afghanistan with Foreign Secretary Harsh Shringla by meeting with Afghan leaders in Kabul and reiterating India’s commitment to an improved political, economic and development society. The meetings, even while signing the peace agreement in Doha, indicate a resolution to remain engaged in Afghanistan, contrary to expectations in some sectors in Pakistan that the Indian presence could be reduced.

Shortly after the agreement was signed in Doha, the government said its consistent policy was to support all opportunities that could “ bring peace, security and stability in Afghanistan; end violence; cut ties with international terrorism; and lead to a lasting political solution through an Afghan “controlled” Afghan ownership and control process

Significantly, describing Afghanistan as a contiguous neighbor (given India’s claim on PoK), the government said India will continue to extend all support to the government and the Afghan people to realize their aspirations for a peaceful, democratic and prosperous future where the interests of all sections of Afghanistan Society is protected.

“ We note that the entire political spectrum in Afghanistan, including government, democratic politics and civil society, has welcomed the opportunity and hope for peace and stability generated by these agreements, ” said MEA spokesman Raveesh. Kumar

Indian officials welcomed in private the comment of the US Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo, that the United States will gauge the pace of its withdrawal of troops with the action and compliance of the Taliban. Indian warned the United States in the period prior to the agreement that a hasty reduction could worsen the security situation in the country and beyond.

However, apprehensive as India is about Pakistan’s role in the agreement between the United States and the Taliban, Shringla also stressed that sustainable peace in Afghanistan requires the end of externally sponsored terrorism.

The government said in a statement about Shringla’s visit that Afghanistan’s leadership deeply appreciated India’s support for its peace, development and prosperity, including efforts for regional connectivity, such as the commissioning of the port of Chahbahar and the establishment. of air cargo corridors between several cities in India. and Afghanistan.

During the Shringla visit, agreements were also signed for road projects in the Bamyan and Mazar-e-Sharif provinces of Afghanistan with development assistance from India. “ It was agreed to work together for the implementation of the New Development Association and further expand cooperation in accordance with the Strategic Partnership Agreement, ” the government said.

In their meetings. Shringla reiterated India’s constant support for an independent, sovereign, democratic, pluralistic and inclusive Afghanistan “in which the interests of all sectors of Afghan society are preserved.” He also conveyed India’s support for lasting and inclusive peace and reconciliation that is led by Afghans, of Afghan ownership and control.

Times of India