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Ready to talk with Taliban in the interest of Afghanistan, says Army Chief

In November last year, India had participated in talks on Afghanistan in Moscow, of which the Taliban were also a part

ANI  |  New Delhi 

General Bipin Rawat
General Bipin Rawat

on Thursday said that would talk with the if feels the dialogue will serve the country's interests in

"If a number of countries are talking to the Taliban, and if has an interest in Afghanistan, then we should also join the bandwagon. We should not be left out," Rawat said at the Army's annual press conference here on Thursday.

In November last year, had participated in talks on in Moscow, of which the were also a part. had participated at a non-official level, sending two former diplomats to the meeting.

It is to be noted that India has a policy on not engaging with the group.

Rawat further said, "If somebody has started the talks, let us listen to what is being talked. I have only said what has already been said as someone had already been sent there. Unless you are not sitting on a high table and see how it suits you, you won't know what is happening there in "

During the meeting in last year, the had said that the withdrawal of foreign forces from Afghanistan was the only way forward for maintaining peace and security in the region.

First Published: Thu, January 10 2019. 17:15 IST