By: The Kabul Times
KABUL: India and Russia on September 4 supported all efforts for inclusive peace and reconciliation in war-torn Afghanistan.
Addressing a joint press meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said, “India wants to see an Afghanistan which is safe, stable, peaceful, independent, undivided and democratic.”
He also underlined that both the countries are against “outside influence” in the internal matters of any nation.
“India and Russia support all efforts for an inclusive peace and Afghan-led and Afghan-owned reconciliation in Afghanistan,” according to a joint statement issued by the two countries.
Both the sides expressed their commitment to an early peaceful settlement in Afghanistan, it said.
India and Russia expressed their “determination to achieve this goal by continuing cooperation within the Shanghai Cooperation Organization-Afghanistan Contact Group and other internationally recognised formats, and their support for the intra-Afghan dialogue launched in Moscow in February 2019”.
Calling for immediate cessation of violence in Afghanistan, the two countries said they will continue intensive discussions on the Afghan issue and encourage all interested states in their efforts to make peace process in Afghanistan broad based, preserve the constitutional order, bring durable peace and to turn Afghanistan into a peaceful, secure, stable and independent state.
Zalmay Khalilzad, the US envoy leading efforts to forge a deal with the Taliban, has spent about a year meeting with the Taliban in Doha in a series of talks aimed at ending America’s 18-year-old war in Afghanistan.
The deal which is closer to being clinched centers on a US troop withdrawal in return for several security guarantees from the Taliban, broader peace talks between the insurgents and the Afghan government, and an eventual ceasefire.