"Yes, there should be talks with Taliban so long as they do not come out with any preconditions and so long as they are looking at lasting peace in Afghanistan to bring about stability in that country," Rawat 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.
India's stated official policy is not to hold talks with the Taliban.
Gen Rawat 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."
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