U.S. Special Representative for Afghan peace process Zalmay Khalilzad visited New Delhi on May 6-7 for consultations with Indian government officials and other stakeholders on the Afghan peace process.


U.S. Special Representative for Afghan peace process Zalmay Khalilzad visited New Delhi on May 6-7 for consultations with Indian government officials and other stakeholders on the Afghan peace process.
After the meeting, Mr Khalilzad tweeted that he has met with Indian minister of external affairs Sushma Swaraj, national security advisor Ajit Doval, foreign secretary Vijay Gokhale, and India’s ambassador to Afghanistan Vinay Kumar.

During his meetings, Ambassador Khalilzad welcomed expressions of support for the Afghan peace process, which strengthens an emerging international consensus for peace efforts.
“It strengthens an emerging international consensus,” he said. adding that “we agreed on important benefits peace will bring: addressing the threat of terrorist use of Afghanistan; increased regional connectivity and trade”.

US and Indian officials also agreed that the past 18-years achievements in Afghanistan must be preserved.
“As the world’s oldest and largest democracies, we agreed that the gains made in the last 18 years should be preserved,” he added. “We also agreed that Afghanistan’s political future is for Afghans to decide through an inclusive and legitimate process”.

Ambassador Khalilzad visited India to confer on Afghan peace process after the sixth round of ongoing talks in Doha with Taliban delegation was called off on the first day of Ramadan.


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