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No change in India's position on Afghanistan, it supports 'inclusive' peace process: MEA

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

A day after Gen. Bipin stated cannot be left out of the "bandwagon" when a number of countries are reaching out to the Taliban, the Friday said there is no change in the position on and supports the process which is "inclusive" towards achieving peace.

also said that has made it "very clear" to the US that the peace and reconciliation in should be Afghan-owned, Afghan-led and Afghan-controlled.

He said this was conveyed during the meetings US Donald Trump's special Afghan had with and

Responding to a volley of questions on ranging from Khalilzad's visit to the chief's comments, Kumar said: "Essentially, both sides, we share perspectives on peace and reconciliation in Afghanistan. Mr Khalilzad briefed EAM and FS on their aspect as to how the US is trying to achieve peace and reconciliation in the country."

On the question whether Pakistan's role in Afghanistan was discussed during the meetings, the said this is something which has articulated time and again -- the destabilising role that plays.

The situation in Afghanistan was discussed, the Indian side did reiterate its policy on Afghanistan, Kumar said.

"This is connected to the comments made by the Our position on Afghanistan has been very clear and very consistent. We have said in the past and we continue to do so that India supports the peace and reconciliation efforts in Afghanistan," he said.

"We support the process which is inclusive towards achieving this goal and there has been no change in that position," he said.

His remarks come just a day after Army Gen Rawat, during his annual press conference, said: "A number of countries are talking to the The issue we should address is -- do we have an interest in Afghanistan. If the answer is yes, then you cannot be out of the bandwagon."

A day earlier, he had also that there should be talks with the but without "any preconditions".

Trump's special Afghan Khalilzad is leading an inter-agency delegation to India, China, Afghanistan, and from January 8 to January 21.

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First Published: Fri, January 11 2019. 17:45 IST