New Delhi : In a first, if everything goes right then soon India & Taliban will be sharing the same platform but the participation will be restricted to “non-official level”. The government recalled India’s position that all peace efforts must be led, owned and also controlled by the Afghans.
India & Taliban at one platform
This “non-official” meeting on Afghanistan is being hosted by Russia in which India will also show its participation.
India’s presence in the Moscow meeting, even if at the non-official level, is likely to raise eyebrows as it will for the first time India will share a platform with the Taliban. India will be represented by retired diplomats TCA Raghavan and Amar Sinha.
Internal sources said that India’s decision to participate in the meeting on Afghanistan was well thought out and in line with the “comfort level” of the Afghanistan Government. “We are aware that the Russian Federation is hosting a meeting in Moscow on November 9 on Afghanistan,” said MEA spokesperson Ravesh Kumar.
India & Taliban meet
India is in complete tandem and whole heartedly supports all forms of peace talks and reconciliation in Afghanistan that will preserve unity and plurality, and bring security, stability and prosperity to the country.
Official sources said Amar Sinha, former secretary in MEA who also served as India’s Ambassador to Afghanistan, and TCA Raghavan, former Indian high commissioner to Pakistan, will represent New Delgi at the Moscow talks.
India & Taliban to share same dais for first time
India’s participation will entirely “non-official” one where it would make an effort that the entire meeting be Afghan-led, Afghan-owned, and Afghan-controlled and with participation of the Government of Afghanistan.