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We are moving in right direction: Khalilzad

16 Mar 2019 Afghanistan Times

AT Monitoring Desk

KABUL: India recently told the US that an elected political

structure should remain in place post-US withdrawal from Afghanistan. The

Indian Foreign Secretary Vijay Gokhale, who was in Washington last week, met

United State’s Special Envoy to Afghanistan Zalmay Khalilzad during which

both discussed the peace process in strife-torn, landlocked South Asian


In a tweet, Zalmay Khalilzad said, “We are moving in

the right direction. Briefed USG leaders and many others about the Afghan Peace

Process including meetings with UNAMA SRSG Yamamato, Indian FS Gokhale and

Norwegian Dep FM Halvorsen.”

Withdrawal of US troops, Afghan territory

not to be used by the terrorists, intra-Afghan dialogue and ceasefire are some

of the key issues under discussion between US and Taliban.

Zalmay told Gokhale that when it comes to first two, there

has been some progress and assured India once American troops leave, Afghan

territory will not be used by any terror group or organisation including groups

threatening India.

But Zalmay told that progress is yet to be made on

Intra-Afghan dialogue and ceasefire. India has asked the US special envoy that

given all the efforts made by the US and everyone in the last 18 years it is

important that when US troops withdraw a political structure is left in


India is in favour of an elected political structure in

Afghanistan post US withdrawal instead of an interim administration since it is

not constitutionally mandated nor it has the public endorsement. 

India has been engaging inside Afghanistan and with the

neighbouring countries –Iran, Central Asia, Russia and Saudi Arabia on the

peace process in the south Asian country. India’s official policy on the Afghan

peace process is that it should be “Afghan-owned, Afghan-led and


India last year participated at “unofficial level”

at Moscow format talks by sending its former ambassador to Afghanistan Amar

Sinha and former Indian high commissioner to PakistanTCA Raghavan.

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