New Delhi and Washington said last month that the two “largely see Afghanistan in the same light”, as Indian Foreign Minister S. Jaishankar and US Secretary of State Antony Blinken addressed a joint presser in New Delhi. Both India and the US have also backed a “politically inclusive” solution to end the ongoing hostilities in Afghanistan.
Iran’s new President Dr Seyyed Ebrahim Raisi told Indian Foreign Minister Subrahmanyam Jaishankar on Friday that his government would prioritise developing relations with New Delhi, calling for “close cooperation and coordination” between the two countries to ensure peace and security in the region.
In a face-to-face meeting with Jaishankar after taking charge as the country’s new president, Raisi said that he “welcomes” New Delhi’s role in establishing stability and security in neighbouring Afghanistan.
Iran is considered as a key regional power as far as the intra-Afghan talks are concerned and is holding consultations with both President Ashraf Ghani’s government as well as the Taliban*. Iran’s outgoing Foreign Minister Javad Zarif last month also chaired an “Intra-Afghan Dialogue Summit” in Tehran, attended by Taliban and Afghan government representatives.
The Taliban’s potential role in Afghanistan has become significant as the Islamist insurgent outfit controls 212 of Afghanistan’s 426 districts, with the Afghan government in charge in 111…