India supports peace, reconciliation efforts in Afghanistan

India will be participating at the non-official level at a meeting being held on Afghanistan in Moscow on Friday.

“We are aware that the Russian Federation is hosting a meeting in Moscow on November 9 on Afghanistan,” External Affairs Ministry’s official spokesperson said in response to queries.

“India supports all efforts at peace and reconciliation in Afghanistan that will preserve unity and plurality, and bring security, stability and prosperity to the country. 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. Our participation at the meeting will be at the non-official level,” the spokesperson said.

According to Russian news agency Tass which quoted Russian Foreign Ministry, representatives of the Taliban radical movement (outlawed in Russia) will take part in the meeting.

“On November 9, Moscow will host the second meeting of the Moscow-format consultations on Afghanistan at the level of deputy foreign ministers and special envoys,” the Russian Foreign ministry said. “A delegation of the Doha-based political office of the Taliban movement will take part in an international meeting of this level for the first time.”

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

“Afghan President Ashraf Ghani decided to send a delegation of that country’s High Peace Council to the meeting,” the ministry added.

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