By: Lailuma Noori
Markus Potzel, German special envoy for Afghanistan and Pakistan, met with Indian high-ranking officials in New Delhi the other day. The German special envoy, playing key role in intra-Afghan dialogue held on 7 – 8 July in Doha, discussed Afghanistan peace process with the Indian officials.
In meeting with the Indian officials, Potzel would like to get India’s approval for efforts of US special envoy for Afghanistan Zalmay Khalilzad.
The German Special Envoy for Afghanistan and Pakistan Markus Potzel said the international community particularly his country would like to see a larger regional role for India in the ongoing conflict and its resolution. “We would like to see India play a bigger role in Afghanistan,” said Potzel.
Announcing his visit, the India Ministry of External Affair’s spokesperson, Raveesh Kumar said, “We will exchange views with the Special Representative from Germany who is responsible for intra-Afghan dialogue.”
Questioned about India’s approach to the developments in Afghanistan, the MEA spokesperson said, “US side briefs us on their talks from time to time. We are also in regular consultations with other active players like all political forces in Afghanistan, Russia, Iran, Saudi Arabia, and China on this issue.”
Reiterating its stand on peace in Afghanistan, MEA said,
“We have supported a national peace and reconciliation process which is Afghan-led, Afghan-owned and Afghan controlled. This has been communicated to all our partners and we are quite confident that our points of view will be part of any peace and reconciliation process in Afghanistan.”
Talking to reporters, Potzel said he hadn’t come to give “advice” to Indians, but to “brief” the Indian government on the ongoing developments.
”We would hope India would be part of the coming rounds of conversations on Afghanistan,” Potzel said, adding that the opportunity for maintaining peace in Afghanistan should not be lost.
He asked all partners and allies of Afghanistan to pave the way for peace talks between Afghanistan government and the Taliban group, stressing that it was only Afghans who could make decision on their future.
From point of military partnership in coalition led by NATO in Afghanistan, Germany is considered as the second country, facing with increasing surge of Afghan migrants in recent years, to find a political settlement for Afghanistan ongoing war. Currently, Germany has more than 1300 troops who are mostly stationed in Mazar-e-Sharif in Afghanistan’s northern Balkh province. In 2001, the country hosted the Bonn Conference, which formed a framework for a new political system in Afghanistan.
The US-Taliban negotiations’ seventh round ended on July 9 with a roadmap for a potential peace in Afghanistan. On the sidelines of those talks, there was also an all-Afghan conference, co-hosted and sponsored by Qatar and Germany, which lasted for two days. On the threshold of joint efforts of US and Germany, it is determined that US special envoy for Afghanistan Zalmay Khalilzad is getting ready for another round of peace talks with the Taliban group. Afghanistan government welcomes any country’s cooperation and peace initiative if followed with close coordination of the government and can help start and facilitate direct peace talks between Afghanistan government and the Taliban group as nobody, no organization and country can lonely decide on future of Afghanistan except the Afghan government.