India to meet Taliban at Moscow meet on Afghanistan, but not officially

India to meet Taliban at Moscow meet on Afghanistan, but not officially


India has said that it will take part in the meeting but at a non-official level.

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Several countries in the region, including India, are participating in the meet. (File photo: PTI)

India will be participating in a meeting on Afghanistan being hosted by Russia, but at a “non-official level. The Moscow meet will be attended by representatives of the Taliban.

Ministry of External Affairs spokesperson Raveesh Kumar on Thursday confirmed the participation and said, “Our participation at the meeting will be at the non-official level.”

Moscow is holding a meeting to discuss the state of affairs in Afghanistan on November 9 (Friday).

Kumar added that India supports all efforts at peace and reconciliation in the strife-torn country and bring stability in the region.

“India’s consistent policy has been that such efforts should be Afghan-led, Afghan-owned, and Afghan-controlled and with participation of the government of Afghanistan,” Kumar asserted.

The meeting was earlier scheduled for September 4, which was called off after the Afghan government pulled out at the last moment.

Russia has said that invitations for the meet has been sent out to India, Iran, China, Pakistan, the US, Afghanistan and other countries.

The meeting comes after Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Russian President Vladimir Putin held talks a host of global issues.

After the talks, in a joint statement, the two sides declared their support to the Afghan government’s efforts towards the realisation of an Afghan-led, and Afghan-owned national peace reconciliation process.

(With PTI inputs)

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