US urges India to get involved in internal political processes in Afghanistan

US urged India to get involved in internal political process in Afghanistan, including looking at “proposals for different formulations that would include separate strands in Afghanistan”, even the Taliban.

India’s involvement was the forefront of the discussion between US special envoy, Zalmay Khalilzad and foreign minister S. Jaishankar, NSA Ajit Doval and foreign secretary Harsh Shringla in Delhi on Thursday.

The urgent meeting came as a part of recent spatial vagaries including a fraying peace deal, a political catastrophe within the Afghan government, increasing violence by the Taliban that too in the times of COVID-19 outbreak when all nations are struggling, but weakening Afghanistan further.

Moreover, US described India as a “major actor” with roles in bringing back peace and development in the Afghanistan. It’s, the first time that India has acknowledged that it should be part of the larger peace process inside Afghanistan keeping in mind the Pakistan-backed violence in Taliban.

In their conversations, sources claims the US wanted India to continue playing a “constructive role” in bringing about peace internally in Afghanistan.

The attack on Sikh and Hindu minorities in Afghanistan recently has also enhanced India’s attention furthermore, particularly the attack on the Kabul gurdwara which killed 25 people and was jointly carried out by an LeT-Haqqani network along with other terrorist organisations.

(With inputs) …

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