Jaishankar discusses peace process with Afghanistan, reaffirms India’s development partnership
India has been keenly following the evolving political situation after the US inked a peace deal with the Taliban in February
India’s Minister of External Affairs S Jaishankar discussed the peace process with Afghanistan’s Acting Foreign Minister Mohammed Haneef Atmar and reaffirmed India’s development partnership.
New Delhi has been supporting a national peace and reconciliation process which is Afghan-led, Afghan-owned and Afghan controlled. The conversation between the two ministers came 10 days after Afghan President Ashraf Ghani agreed to release 400 Taliban prisoners paving the way for the beginning of the peace process, said The Indian Express.
India has been keenly following the evolving political situation after the US inked a peace deal with the Taliban in February. The report pointed out that the deal provided for the withdrawal of American troops from Afghanistan, effectively drawing curtains to Washington’s 18-year war in the country. Moreover, India has been calling upon all sections of the political spectrum, as per the report, in Afghanistan to work together to meet the aspirations of all people in that country including those from the minority community for a prosperous and safe future.
Taking to microblogging platform Twitter, Jaishankar tweeted, “A productive conversation with Acting FM@MHaneefAtmar of #Afghanistan. Greeted him on Afghan Independence Day. Discussed recent developments in Afghanistan and our bilateral cooperation. Reaffirmed our development partnership and connectivity linkages.”
The External Affairs Minister also held a telephonic conversation with Oman’s Foreign Minister Badr Albusaidi to congratulate him on his ministerial appointment.