On Thursday, it is confirmed that India will attend the Afghan Peace Talk in Moscow. The Moscow Format Meeting on Afghanistan is hosted by Russia to ensure peace and stability in Afghanistan. India has confirmed the participation in the meeting saying it will be on a “non-official level”. It will be the very first time when the Taliban and India will share a platform together.
MEA spokesperson Raveesh Kumar said, “India supports all efforts at peace and reconciliation in Afghanistan that will preserve unity, plurality, and bring security, stability, and prosperity to the country. India’s consistent policy has been that such efforts should be Afghan-led, Afghan-owned and Afghan-controlled and with the participation of the Government of Afghanistan. Our participation will be at a non-official level.”
The meeting will be held in Russia on Friday i.e. today, 9th November. Retired Indian diplomats TCA Raghavan and Amar Sinha will represent India in this meeting. Russia has invited Afghanistan, China, Iran, India, Kazakhstan, Pakistan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, US, and Afghan Taliban. All the nations have confirmed their participation.
The last such meeting was scheduled on September 4, which was called off as the Afghan Government has pulled out at the last moment contending that its involvement in the meeting was unnecessary. This time Taliban has confirmed that a five-member delegation will be attending the meeting. It has also clarified the policy of Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan.
“This conference is not about holding negotiations with any party whatsoever; rather it is about finding a peaceful solution to the issue of Afghanistan….. With participation in the meeting, the international status of the Islamic Emirate will be strengthened even further“, Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan said in a statement. These talks are held after India and Russia have decided to direct their energies towards global issues.