India attends intra-Afghan talks in Doha
India is a major development partner of Afghanistan with over 400 projects completed in all the 34 provinces of Afghanistan
As an important member of the South Asian region, India led by External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar on Saturday attended the inaugural session of the intra-Afghan negotiations in Doha in a virtual format.
As per MEA’s statement, Jaishankar’s participation was in response to an invitation extended to him by the Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister of Qatar, Mohammad bin Abdulrahman bin Jassim Al Thani.
In his address, EAM Jaishankar conveyed India’s policy on Afghanistan, stating, “India believes any peace process must be Afghan-led, Afghan-owned and Afghan-controlled, has to respect the national sovereignty and territorial integrity of Afghanistan and preserve the progress made in the establishment of a democratic Islamic Republic in Afghanistan.”
Addressed the conference on Afghan peace negotiations at Doha today. Conveyed that the peace process must:— Dr. S. Jaishankar (@DrSJaishankar) September 12, 2020
• Be Afghan-led, Afghan-owned and Afghan-controlled
• Respect national sovereignty and territorial integrity of Afghanistan
• Promote human rights and democracy pic.twitter.com/wFG3E2OVlJ
He also said, “Interests of minorities, women and vulnerable sections of society must be preserved and the issue of violence across the country and its neighbourhood has to be effectively addressed.”
• Ensure interest of minorities, women and the vulnerable— Dr. S. Jaishankar (@DrSJaishankar) September 12, 2020
• Effectively address violence across the country
EAM Jaishankar also referred to the millennia old relationship between India and Afghanistan, which he said had withstood the test of time.
The EAM highlighted India’s role as a major development partner of Afghanistan with over 400 projects completed in all the 34 provinces of Afghanistan.
EAM wished for the success of the Intra-Afghan negotiations in delivering to the people of Afghanistan what they have longed for - a peaceful and prosperous future in an independent and sovereign nation.
A senior official delegation led by J P Singh, Joint Secretary (PAI) in the Ministry of External Affairs participated in the inaugural ceremony in Doha in person.