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Taliban at talks table in Moscow: India says its role in line with its policy

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on Friday said its participation, albeit at a non-official level, at a meeting on peace process in in Moscow, where the are also in attendance, is in line with New Delhi's policy towards the strife-torn South Asian nation.

"There are two-three things here," said at a here. "One is that we fully support peace and reconciliation efforts in Afghanistan," Kumar 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 "

Stressing that is doing nothing out of compulsion, Kumar said: "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 New at the talks in on Friday.

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

The Indian move comes after Russian Vladimir Putin's visit to New 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 and 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: Fri, November 09 2018. 21:14 IST