Foreign Secretary Shringla Travels To Kabul Ahead Of Signing Of US-Taliban Peace Deal

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New Delhi: Foreign secretary Harsh Vardhan Shringla is on a day-long visit to Kabul, ahead of the US and the Taliban signing a peace deal on Saturday that will see the downsizing of American troop in Afghanistan.

Shringla is expected to meet Afghan president Ashraf Ghani and other senior Afghan leaders and officials.

The decision to send Kumaran to the ceremony came even as Kabul hosted Foreign Secretary Harsh Vardhan Shringla who met the Acting Foreign Minister of Afghanistan Haroon Chakhansuri in the Afghan capital. “Foreign Secretary conveyed India’s support for the people of Afghanistan in their pursuit for sustainable peace, security and development,” Ministry of External Affairs Official Spokesperson Raveesh Kumar said after the meeting. “They reviewed and positively assessed developments in bilateral strategic partnership,” Kumar observed, adding that the Foreign Secretary reiterated India’s commitment to Afghanistan’s pursuit of “sustainable peace and reconciliation”.

Officials had earlier indicated that India would like the peace process to be inclusive — Afghan owned, Afghan led and Afghan controlled — and the participation of the Afghan government’s delegation in the ceremony in Doha would show that the upcoming intra-Afghan peace negotiations would be following the path desired by India. Kabul has sent a six-member official delegation, which will begin the intra-Afghan negotiations with the Taliban soon after the peace deal with the U.S. is signed on Saturday.

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