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Joining Moscow meeting on Afghanistan not under compulsion: India

IANS  |  New Delhi 

on Friday made it clear that its participation in a meeting, albeit at a non-official level, in on the issue with representatives also on the table has not been made under any compulsion.

"There is nothing that we are doing under compulsion here," said at a

Stating that there are two-three issues on the table, Kumar said that will continue to fully support peace and reconciliation efforts in

"One is that we fully support peace and reconciliation efforts in Afghanistan," he said. "(It is) to preserve unity and plurality, to bring security, peace and prosperity in the country.

"The third important priority, which we have been repeatedly emphasising, and which is India's consistent policy, is that will support any effort which is Afghan-led, Afghan-owned and Afghan-controlled and also with the participation of the government of "

"Whatever effort is made which we feel will continue the process, and which is consistent with our policy on Afghanistan, I think we will participate in that process".

Amar Sinha, former in the who also served as India's to Afghanistan, and T.C.A. Raghavan, former Indian High to Pakistan, are representing at the talks in on Friday.

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

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 realisation of an Afghan-led, and Afghan-owned national peace reconciliation process.

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

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

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



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First Published: Sat, November 10 2018. 00:01 IST