Khalilzad, Indian Leaders Discusses Afghan Peace Process

(Last Updated On: May 8, 2019)

The U.S. Special Representative for Afghanistan Reconciliation Zalmay Khalilzad met with the Indian officials and other stakeholders on May 6-7 in New Delhi, the capital of India for consultations on the Afghan peace process, U.S. Embassy in India said in a statement.

In a statement released on Tuesday, U.S. Embassy said that Khalilzad met with Minister of External Affairs Sushma Swaraj, National Security Advisor Ajit Doval, Foreign Secretary Vijay Gokhale, and India’s Ambassador to Afghanistan Vinay Kumar, among others.

According to the statement, during his meetings, Khalilzad welcomed expressions of support for the Afghan peace process, which strengthens an emerging international consensus for peace efforts.

“He also recognized the many important contributions India has made to Afghanistan’s development,” the U.S. Embassy said.

“Khalilzad and his counterparts discussed the many important benefits that peace would bring, including preventing International terrorist use of Afghanistan as a platform for attacks; improved prospects for regional peace and security; and increased regional connectivity and trade,” the statement noted.

Khalilzad and the Indian officials also discussed that Afghanistan’s political future is for Afghans to decide through an inclusive and legitimate process, the statement added.

“They also agreed that Afghan gains of the last 18 years must be preserved and built upon. Khalilzad will continue to consult with Indian counterparts as the peace process moves forward,” the U.S. Embassy said.

Meanwhile, Zalmay Khalilzad said in a tweet on Tuesday that he appreciates India’s expression of support for our efforts; it strengthens an emerging international consensus.

“We agreed on important benefits peace will bring: addressing the threat of terrorist use of Afghanistan; increased regional connectivity and trade,” he said.

Khalilzad noted that by precluding the use of Afghan territory to attack any other nation, a peace agreement could strengthen ties by allowing the regional growth of trade and economies.

“As the world’s oldest and largest democracies, we agreed that the gains made in the last 18 years should be preserved. We also agreed that Afghanistan’s political future is for Afghans to decide through an inclusive and legitimate process,” Khalilzad tweeted.

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