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India, US discuss Afghanistan peace process

IANS  |  New Delhi 

and the US on Thursday discussed the ongoing peace process in during a meeting between and US Donald Trump's on here.

"Both sides shared their perspectives on peace and reconciliation efforts in Afghanistan," tweeted soon after the meeting.

Thursday's meeting comes after Trump earlier this month said that was not doing enough for peace and stability in

hit back with sources here saying that does not send troops abroad except under a specific UN mandate.

Pointing out that India plays a significant role as a development partner in Afghanistan, the sources said this partnership was built on the specific needs and requirements worked out with the

Khalilzad's visit for an intra-Afghan political settlement reflects New Delhi's stand that it is is for an "Afghan-owned, Afghan-led and Afghan-controlled" peace and reconciliation process.

is leading an inter-agency delegation to India, China, Afghanistan, and from January 8-21

Earlier in the day, former Afghan said that India's role is needed in the war-ravaged country's peace process.

"India and Afghanistan share an amazing relationship, an almost romantic one," Karzai said in response to a question during a session in the Raisina Dialogue, India's flagship annual geopolitical and geostrategic conference, here.

"Most of the Afghan people view in such good light... We want India to do as much as possible," he said.

Stating that India is the "greatest contributor" to Afghanistan, Karzai said that it should play its role in the peace process on its own detached from other countries.

He said that an Afghan-owned, Afghan-led peace process is one in which the Taliban, along with other stakeholders, sit down for dialogue.

"It means truly the leadership of Afghanistan," the former said.

He said till now there have been three peace processes in Afghanistan - first by China, the US, and Afghanistan, then by engaging with the Taliban, and now the latest one with Trump appointing as his for Afghanistan.

"We have tremendous hope for the peace process (with Khalilzad's role) to succeed," Karzai said.

"Khalilzad himself is an Afghan and understands us, knows what peace means for us."



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First Published: Thu, January 10 2019. 23:18 IST