Afghanistan Peace Process Should Have Full Consent Of Its People: Centre

The centre said it was very closely following the developments relating to Afghanistan peace initiatives

New Delhi: 

Days after US President Donald Trump called off negotiations with the Taliban, the centre on Thursday said any peace process should have “full consent” of the Afghan government and its people.

External Affairs Ministry Spokesperson Raveesh Kumar said India was very closely following the developments relating to peace initiatives in Afghanistan.

He was asked about Donald Trump cancelling a secret meeting with Taliban leaders at his Camp David retreat last week.

“We are following the developments including talks between the US and the Taliban very closely. We are of the view that all sections of Afghan society including legitimately elected government should be part of the peace process,” Mr Kumar said.

Donald Trump on September 8 said that he cancelled the secret meeting with the Taliban after it admitted of being behind a terror attack in Kabul which killed a dozen people including a US soldier.

“We have supported the election process which is about to unfold later this month. Our point of view is that any process should respect the constitutional legacy and it should not lead to any ungoverned spaces where terrorists and their proxies can relocate,” the MEA spokesperson said.

He said any process should have full consent of the Afghan government and its people.

“We are reasonably confident that any decision on the peace process taken by the US and the international…

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