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India must engage with the Taliban as well: Hamid Karzai

14 Jan 2019 The Khaama Press News Agency

The former Afghan President Hamid Karzai has suggested that

India should also engage with the Taliban group besides the existing engagement

on government-to-government level with Afghanistan.

Karzai has made the remarks during an exclusive interview

with India’s The Hindu newspaper.

“India can play a role at different levels at the same time.

We understand its position to engage with the government of the day in Kabul.

But India is also a friend of the Afghan people, and the Taliban are part of

the Afghan people. They are a part of the reality,” Karzai has said.

He also added “My proposal to India is that they must engage

with the Taliban, as well as the government. Tomorrow if through a peace deal,

the Taliban becomes a part of the government, then India will have to deal with


The former President has also said “Our expectation is that

India should always have its own policy towards Afghanistan, not as a part of anyone else’s. The United States has

suddenly begun to speak of peace and reconciliation efforts and the need to

engage with the Taliban and re-engage with Pakistan.”

India is one of the key stakeholders in rehabilitation of

Afghanistan and has invested more than two billion Dollars in key

reconstruction projects in the country since the fall of Taliban regime.

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