The reports of India reaching out to the Taliban emerged because the US appeared to finish the withdrawal of its forces from Afghanistan by September 11, ending an almost two-decade of its army presence in the war-ravaged nation.
In the midst of fast-paced developments regarding the Afghan peace course of, a senior Qatari diplomat stated at a webinar organised by the Arab Center in Washington DC on Monday that he believed the Indian facet was partaking with the Taliban because the group may very well be a key part in the longer term of Afghanistan.
The Taliban and the Afghan authorities are holding direct talks in the Qatari capital metropolis Doha to finish 19 years of battle that has killed tens of 1000’s of individuals and ravaged varied components of the nation. Qatar has been taking part in a job in the Afghan peace course of.
“I perceive that there was a quiet go to by Indian officers…to talk with the Talibans. Why? Because not everyone is believing that the Taliban will dominate and take over, as a result of Taliban is a key part of, or needs to be or goes to be a key part of the longer term of Afghanistan,” stated Mutlaq bin Majed al-Qahtani, Qatar’s envoy for counter-terrorism and battle decision.
He made the remarks whereas replying to a query throughout a dialogue on the theme “Looking in direction of peace in Afghanistan after the US-NATO withdrawal.”
“I see the rationale behind having a dialogue or talks or reaching out to all events in Afghanistan however it is very important hold in thoughts that we’re in a important stage right now, and I believe if any assembly goes to happen, it needs to be for a significant or fundamental purpose, which is to encourage the events to resolve their variations by peaceable means,” al-Qahtani stated.
There was no official response to the feedback by the senior Qatari diplomat.
Indian officers stated India is anxious over the spike in violence in Afghanistan and has been strongly urgent for a comprehensive ceasefire to take ahead the peace course of.
Recently, External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar made two stop-overs in Doha throughout his visits to Kuwait and Kenya.
In his talks with senior Qatari leaders in Doha, the difficulty of Afghanistan was mentioned because the Gulf nation is concerned in the Afghan peace course of. Jaishankar additionally held talks on the difficulty with US Special Representative for Afghanistan Reconciliation Zalmay Khalilzad in the Qatari capital.
Earlier this month, External Affairs Ministry Spokesperson Arindam Bagchi stated that India is in contact with varied stakeholders in Afghanistan in pursuance of its long-term dedication in direction of peace, growth and reconstruction of that nation.
His response had come when requested a couple of media report that stated India reached out to sure Taliban factions which are perceived to be exterior the sphere of affect of Pakistan and Iran.
Last week, Foreign Secretary Harsh Vardhan Shringla stated that the Taliban’s relentless pursuit of energy by way of violence has created an unsure atmosphere in Afghanistan and the state of affairs in the nation is “fluid” at this level in time.
India has been a significant stakeholder in the peace and stability of Afghanistan. It has already invested near USD three billion in support and reconstruction actions in the nation.
India has been supporting a nationwide peace and reconciliation course of which is Afghan-led, Afghan-owned and Afghan-controlled.
In March, Afghan overseas minister Mohammad Haneef Atmar visited India throughout which Jaishankar conveyed to him India’s long-term dedication in direction of a peaceable, sovereign and secure Afghanistan.