India will not hold talks with Taliban: MEA

Remigio Civitarese
Novembre 9, 2018

"If any process is consistent with our policy on Afghanistan then we will be part of it and our policy on Afghanistan is that we will be supporting any efforts which will help in usher peace in the region", he said. The first meeting - scheduled for September 4 - was called off at the last moment after the Afghan government pulled out, describing its involvement in the Moscow meeting as "unnecessary" as the Taliban had "disrespected internationally-sanctioned principles and rejected the message of peace and direct negotiations".

While a five-member Taliban delegation led by Sher Mohammad Abbas Stanakzai, head of the Taliban's political council in Qatar, will attend the meeting, the USA has also confirmed its participation.

Taliban envoys have taken part for the first time in a high-level worldwide talks, meeting Afghan officials in Moscow as part of a Russian-sponsored peace effort.

The USA which is holding separate talks with Taliban under the Doha process is sending observer to the Moscow format meet.

Meanwhile, the United States has also confirmed its participation in the talks in Moscow on Friday.

Russian media meanwhile said the Russian Foreign Ministry had sent invitations to Afghanistan, India, Iran, China, Pakistan, the U.S. and other countries.

"It was the considered decision on the government of India that we will participate on a non-official level", he said refusing to divulge more information.

The Moscow-format meeting on Afghanistan will be held on November 9 and representatives of the Afghan Taliban radical movement will take part in it, the Russian Foreign Ministry had said last week.

However, on a question on whether the Indian representatives, TCA Raghavan and Amar Sinha, would be talking to the Taliban agents, Kumar expressed surprise that some media reports had suggested this. Regional players like Pakistan, China and Iran are among the participants of the meeting hosted by Russian Federation. The US State Department earlier explained its refusal due to, "the absence of significant results of the first meeting in Moscow regarding the Afghan peace process".

The US Embassy in Moscow has sent a diplomat to observe Friday's discussions at the meeting which is being attended by representatives from Iran, China, Pakistan and other countries.

"And we've been clear that no government, including Russian Federation, can be a substitute for the Afghan government in direct negotiations with the Taliban", Palladino said.

A United States government watchdog last week said Kabul´s control of Afghanistan had slipped in recent months as local security forces suffered record casualties while making minimal or no progress against the Taliban.

One of the main issues that Nessar expects the Taliban to discuss with the Afghan government at the conference is the withdrawal of all foreign troops from the country, primarily American forces.

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