New Delhi: – Afghan Chief Executive Officer, Abdullah Abdullah, who is on a visit to India, expressed confidence ‘The Indian position will prove vital in establishing peace in conflict-torn Afghanistan.’ Abdullah Abdullah is leading the Afghan Government delegation, in the negotiations, being held in Qatar, with Taliban. But during the last 22-23 days of the discussions, there has been no significant progress. The incidence of Taliban terror attacks also has increased, since the time of starting the talks. Hence, significant is the confidence expressed by Abdullah Abdullah that the Indian position is vital in the peace talks.
Abdullah Abdullah reached New Delhi on Tuesday, in the afternoon. After that, he created a conducive atmosphere saying that India is a strategic partner of Afghanistan. During his four-day visit, Abdullah Abdullah will be holding discussions, regarding the Afghan peace talks, with Prime Minister Modi, Foreign Minister S. Jaishankar and National Security Advisor Ajit Doval.
A few days ago, Zalmay Khalilzad, the special US envoy for Afghanistan, came on a visit to India. At that time, he had said that the Indian position would be vital in the Afghan peace talks. After that, former Afghan Vice President Marshal Abdul Rashid Dostum also had met Foreign Minister S. Jaishankar, in New Delhi. At this time, there had been a discussion regarding the Afghan peace talks. In short, Afghanistan feels that it is India, who can find a solution in the Afghan government-Taliban talks. Therefore, Abdullah Abdullah has come to India with a lot of hope. Before this, he also visited Pakistan.
Meanwhile, Afghan President Ashraf Ghani is in Qatar and he met the US envoy Khalilzad and US Commander in Afghanistan, Scott Miller. The topic of discussion was the Afghan peace talks. The United States is supporting Afghanistan. But Khalilzad said at this time that Afghanistan should not let the opportunity to establish peace be wasted. There is a massive increase in violence in Afghanistan. A large number of casualties are being reported. Khalilzad assured President Ghani that therefore they are making efforts to reduce conflicts and impose a ceasefire.