U.S. Special Representative for Afghan Reconciliation Ambassador Zalmay Khalilzad visited New Delhi on May 6-7 for consultations with Indian government officials and other stakeholders on the Afghan peace process and he also recognized the many important contributions India has made to Afghanistan’s development, as informed by a statement of US Embassy in India.
It was announced that Ambassador Khalilzad met with Indian Minister of External Affairs Sushma Swaraj, India’s National Security Advisor Ajit Doval, Indian Foreign Secretary Vijay Gokhale, and India’s Ambassador to Afghanistan Vinay Kumar, among others.
It was written in the statement that Khalilzad and his counterparts discussed that Afghanistan’s political future is for Afghans to decide through an inclusive and legitimate process,
“They also agreed that Afghan gains of the last 18 years must be preserved and built upon. Ambassador Khalilzad will continue to consult with Indian counterparts as the peace process moves forward”.
During his meetings, Ambassador Khalilzad welcomed expressions of support for the Afghan peace process, which strengthens an emerging international consensus for peace efforts, the statement added.
Ambassador Khalilzad and his counterparts discussed the many important benefits that peace would bring, including: preventing International terrorist use of Afghanistan as a platform for attacks; improved prospects for regional peace and security; and increased regional connectivity and trade.