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Talks with Taliban should be sans preconditions: Army chief

IANS  |  New Delhi 

Bipin on Wednesday said that talks with the Taliban, if held, should be without any preconditions whatsoever.

"Yes, there should be talks with so long as they do not come out with any preconditions and so long as they are looking at lasting peace in to bring about stability in that country," said in response to a question at a session on terrorism in the 2019 Raisina Dialogue, India's flagship annual geopolitical and geostrategic conference.

"It is in our interest, it is in the region's interest, it is in Pakistan's interest. We all want stability," he said.

His comments came even as the Afghan called off talks with US officials scheduled in this week reportedly over an "agenda disagreement".

The have repeatedly rejected talks on peace with the in the presence of foreign troops in

India's stated official policy is not to hold talks with the Taliban.

Gen said that when talks with terrorists or any organisation of that kind are held, there should be no preconditions whatsoever.

"There can be no preconditions attached because when you start attaching preconditions, then it gives a sense of notion of victory, that one or the other side is talking from a position of strength," he said.

"So, any negotiation you go in for must be from that view."

--IANS

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First Published: Wed, January 09 2019. 18:10 IST
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