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India to US: Don't want interim government in Afghanistan

16 Mar 2019 1TV News

2019-03-16 | 1 minute ago

India has told the United States that any drawdown of US troops in Afghanistan as a result of talks with the Taliban should not be followed by an interim government, an Indian newspaper reported Saturday.

The message was conveyed by India’s foreign secretary Vijay Gokhale as he met with US Special Representative for Afghanistan Reconciliation Zalmay Khalilzad during visit to Washington, Hindustan Times reported.

US has held five rounds of talks with the Taliban and the sides have reported progress on troop withdrawal and counter-terrorism assurances.

Progress is yet to made on an intra-Afghan dialogue and a ceasefire, Khalilzad told Gokhale.

During the meeting, Gokhale received a positive response when he questioned Khalilzad on whether the assurance about Afghan soil not being used for terrorism would include groups that target India.

The Indian diplomat conveyed that there should be an elected government not an interim administration which is not constitutionally mandated.

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