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India for elected political structure in Afghanistan before drawdown of US troops

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

has conveyed to the US that it should not withdraw its troops from without putting in place an elected "political structure" to govern the country, official sources said Saturday.

met US Special recently and apprised India's views about drawdown of US troops from Afghanistan, they said.

The US has intensified its efforts in the past few months, including holding talks with the Taliban, to end the more than 17-year conflict in

In the meeting with Khalilzad, Gokhale conveyed that India's preference is for having an elected government in and not an interim arrangement when the US withdraws its forces from the war-ravaged country, the sources said.

Khalilzad informed Gokhale about the issues under discussions with the and that was insisting on an assurance that territory of will not be used for any terror activities.

The told the US that it should include terrorist groups that acted against to which Khalilzad gave an affirmative response.

Major powers such as the US, and have been reaching out to the as part of efforts to push the stalled Afghan peace process.

has been a key stakeholder in the peace and reconciliation process in Afghanistan.

In a significant move, India had sent two former diplomats in "non official" capacity to a conference on the Afghan peace process in in November last year which was attended by a high-level delegation.

The conference organised by was attended by representatives of Afghanistan as well as from several other countries, including the US, and

India has been maintaining a policy of not engaging with the Taliban and pressing for an Afghan-owned and Afghan-led peace initiative to bring peace and stability in the war-ravaged country.

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First Published: Sat, March 16 2019. 19:40 IST