By: The Kabul Times
KABUL: Afghanistan Chairman of the High Council for National Reconciliation (HCNR), Dr. Abdullah Abdullah on Tuesday said that India is a ‘strategic partner’ of Afghanistan and its role in establishing lasting peace in the war-torn country is ‘vital’.
Dr. Abdullah on Tuesday departed for India for his official visit on an invitation by the Government of India to discuss the peace efforts and the need for regional consensus and support for the Afghan peace process.
He is accompanied by a high-level delegation. During this visit, he will meet Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Foreign Minister S Jaishankar, National Security Advisor Ajit Doval, and deliver a keynote speech at the Institute for Defense Studies & Analyses (IDSA) in New Delhi.
“The Chairman of HCNR during his stay will exchange views with the leadership of the Republic of India on the Afghan Peace Process, peace talks in Doha, regional support for the process, & overall bilateral relations between the two countries,” Dr. Abdullah wrote on Twitter.
“Abdullah before his departure to India stated: ‘India is a strategic partner of AFG, & has continuously supported the government & people of AFG. Our historical relations with India is very important to us, & the role of India in establishing lasting peace in AFG & the region is vital. I am visiting India up on an official invitation by the Gov. of India to discuss the peace efforts, & the need for regional consensus & support for the Afghan Peace Process,” he added.
Dr. Abdullah’s visit comes at a time when the Afghanistan government and Taliban are trying to negotiate a deal in order to restore peace in the country. HCNR had recently had visited Pakistan and discussed the Afghan peace process with Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan, Shah Mahmood Qureshi, Foreign Minister, and other Pakistani officials.
The peace talks between the Afghanistan government and the Taliban began on September 12 in Qatar’s capital Doha to end decades of war in which tens of thousands have been killed.