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India to join talks with Afghan Taliban at non-official level

IANS  |  New Delhi 

on Thursday confirmed that it will attend, albeit at a non-official level, a multilateral meeting in on on Friday where the Afghan will also be present.

"We are aware that the Russian Federation is hosting a meeting in on November 9 on Afghanistan," said

"supports all efforts for peace and reconciliation in that will preserve unity and plurality, and bring security, stability and prosperity to the country," Kumar said.

"India's consistent policy has been that such efforts should be Afghan-led, Afghan-owned, and Afghan-controlled and with participation of the government of

"Our participation at the meeting will be at the non-official level."

This will be the first time that will be sharing talks table with the Afghan on issues of peace and stability in Afghanistan.

Sources told IANS that Amar Sinha, former in the who also served as India's to Afghanistan, and T.C.A. Raghavan, former Indian High to Pakistan, will represent at the talks.

Prior to serving as India's to Pakistan, Raghavan dealt with and Afghanistan issues for years as (Pakistan, Afghanistan, Iran) in the and as Deputy High to as well.

Raghavan is currently the of the Indian Council for (ICWA) think-tank.

According to news agency, has sent invitations for what is called the Moscow Format talks to Afghanistan, India, Iran, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, China, Pakistan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, the US and the Afghan

The Indian move comes after Russian Vladimir Putin's visit to last month for the annual bilateral summit with

A joint statement issued following the summit said that both India and supported the Afghan government's efforts towards the realization of an Afghan-led, and Afghan-owned national peace reconciliation process.

"Concerned with unabated violence, the (two) sides resolved to work through the Moscow Format, on Afghanistan, and all other recognised formats for an early resolution to the conflict in Afghanistan," the statement said.

and Moscow also resolved to launch joint development and capacity building projects in Afghanistan.

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

At a in on Wednesday, Deputy said that his country "believes that all countries should support direct dialogue between the government of Afghanistan and the Taliban to reach an end to the war".

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

"In coordination with the Afghan government, the Embassy in Moscow will send a to the working level to observe the discussions, and the stands ready to work with all interested parties to support and facilitate a peace process."



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First Published: Thu, November 08 2018. 20:22 IST