Afghan peace negotiator Abdullah Abdullah meets NSA Doval, discusses Afghan peace process


New Delhi: Abdullah Abdullah, the chief negotiator with the Taliban in the intra-Afghan peace dialogue, met National Security Advisor Ajit Doval here on Wednesday (October 7) and discussed Afghan peace process. Addressing media, Abdullah Abdullah, who is on a five-day visit to India, said that he had a constructive discussion with NSA Ajit Doval. 

He said, “Discussed the Afghan peace process and talks in Doha. He assured India’s full support for peace efforts and any peace settlement acceptable to Afghans, will have India’s support.”

The Chairman, High Council for National Reconciliation, stated that his country is in favour of an independent, democratic, sovereign, and peaceful Afghanistan, where no terrorists can operate. 

He also thanked India for the invitation, its continued support for Afghanistan, and its constructive role in peace efforts.

Abdullah Abdullah, who arrived here on Tuesday, is also scheduled to meet with Prime Minister Narendra Modi and External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar. 

Abdullah is here to exchange views on the negotiations between the Afghanistan government and the Taliban at Doha, Qatar, and bilateral relations.”Arrived in New Delhi, India, to begin my official visit. 

During my stay in New Delhi, I will meet the leadership of India, and exchange views on Afghan Peace Process, and bilateral relations,” Abdullah Abdullah wrote in a tweet. 

Abdullah, accompanied by a high-level delegation, is here on an invitation by the Government of India to discuss the peace efforts and the need for regional consensus and support for the Afghan peace process.

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Prior to his departure to India, Abdullah had said, “India is a strategic partner of AFG and has continuously supported the government and people of AFG. Our historical relations with India are very important to us, and the role of India in establishing lasting peace in AFG and the region is vital.”

“I am visiting India upon an official invitation by the Gov. of #India to discuss the peace efforts, and the need for regional consensus & support for the #AfghanPeaceProcess,” he added.

This is the first visit of Abdullah to India after the formation of a new government in Afghanistan.

(With Agency Inputs)

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