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India to participate in Moscow talks with Taliban at 'non-official level'

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

on Thursday said it will participate in the meeting being hosted by on at a "non-official level" in where representatives of the will be present.

The Moscow-format meeting on will be held on November 9 and representatives of the Afghan radical movement will take part in it, the had said last week.

In response to queries regarding India's participation in the meeting, said, "We are aware that the Russian Federation is hosting a meeting in on 9 November on "

"Our participation at the meeting will be at the non-official level," he said.

supports all efforts at peace and reconciliation in Afghanistan that will preserve unity and plurality, and bring security, stability and prosperity to the country, he said.

"India's consistent policy has been that such efforts should be Afghan-led, Afghan-owned, and Afghan-controlled and with participation of the government of Afghanistan," Kumar asserted.

According to Russian agency TASS, this is for the second time, is attempting to bring regional powers together while discovering ways for establishing peace in war-torn Afghanistan.

The first such meeting, proposed for September 4 of this year, was called off at the last moment after the pulled out, describing its involvement in the meeting as "unnecessary" as the had "disrespected internationally-sanctioned principles and rejected the message of peace and direct negotiations."

According to the Russian Foreign Ministry, invitations to take part in the event had been sent to Afghanistan, India, Iran, China, Pakistan, the US and some other countries.

The meeting comes after and Russian held talks a host of global issues.

After the talks, in a joint statement, the two sides declared their support to the Afghan government's efforts towards the realisation of an Afghan-led, and Afghan-owned national peace reconciliation process.

Both sides had called upon the international community to join efforts to thwart any external interference in Afghanistan, to restore its economy, contribute to sustaining peace and security, economic and political development of a stable, secure, united, prosperous and independent Afghanistan.

and had resolved to direct their activities towards launching joint development and capacity building projects in Afghanistan.

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First Published: Thu, November 08 2018. 20:20 IST