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Peace negotiation in Afghanistan should not leave ungoverned spaces that could become breeding ground for terrorists and sponsors of terrorism, Indian Ministry of External affairs, said on Thursday.
As per the Hindo report, the concerns were expressed by an Indian official of the Ministry of External Affairs days after U.S. President Donald Trump called off talks with the Taliban in the Qatari capital Doha after a bomb attack in Kabul.
“Our position is that any process should respect the constitutional legacy and mandate, should not leave any ungoverned spaces where terrorists and their proxies would relocate,” said official spokesperson of the Ministry, Raveesh Kumar.
He further added, “We are reasonably confident that any decision on the peace process which is being taken by the international community including the U.S. will accommodate our concerns. We have conveyed these concerns in regular intervals including with the Special Envoy several times in the past few months.”
India has extended support to Afghanistan’s government led by President Ashraf Ghani over a range of activities including building infrastructure and the domain of security. New Delhi had maintained silence after President Trump had abruptly cancelled the talks.
The Taliban group had travelled to Russia and China and had held talks with multiple countries in the Gulf. However, India has indicated that it favours an “Afghan-led and Afghan-owned” peace talks.
“We are following the developments including the talks between the Taiban and the U.S. very closely. We believe all sections of the Afghan society including the legitimately elected Afghan government should be part of this process. We have supported the election to unfold later this month,” said Mr. Kumar.
He said there had been no change in the position on Afghan talks and New Delhi continued to demand a broad-based political discussion to ensure long term peace and political stability.
Irakli Garibashvili, Georgian Defense Minister, is to leave for Afghanistan to visit Georgian peacekeepers and see their activities on site.
The Minister announced his decision while holding a VTC conversation with the Georgian military forces at the Command Center of the Ministry of Defense earlier today.
Garibashvili expressed strong support to the Georgian servicemen and stated he will not spare efforts to improve the social conditions of the military personnel and ensure better conditions for them to serve their homeland.
The Defense Minister accentuated the crucial role of the Georgian peacekeepers in terms maintaining international security.
The units of the Georgian Defense Forces are currently participating in NATO and EU-led missions in Afghanistan and two countries of the African continent.
Afghan National and Defense Security Forces (ANDSF) have recaptured Anar Dara district of Farah province from Taliban, local officials said.
Confirming the news Mohibullah Mohib, Farah police spokesperson said that Anar Dara district was recaptured in a special operation of security forces on Friday night.
He added that 16 Taliban insurgents have been killed in the clash so far. Reports suggest that heavy clash is ongoing between security forces and Taliban in the area.
According to local sources, Anar Dara district fell to Taliban several days back after the group launched an offensive attack on the district.
The district had also collapsed to Taliban last year.
The US Democratic Party’s presidential candidates said that the United States should withdraw its troops from Afghanistan.
On late Thursday, the ABC News and Univision media outlets hosted debates for 10 highest-polling Democratic hopefuls.
“We need to bring our troops home … Then we need to make a big shift. We cannot ask our military to keep solving problems that cannot be solved militarily”, Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren said, as quoted by ABC News.
She pointed out that the ongoing US military presence in Afghanistan was not promoting the security of the United States, the central Asian nation itself and the whole world.
Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders stressed that he was the only hopeful, who voted against the operations in Afghanistan and Iraq, adding that Washington should not spend $750 million on the Armed Forces without clear understanding, who is the enemy of the United States.
Former Vice President Joe Biden also promised to return the troops back home from Afghanistan, noting that he had not supported the increase in the contingent.
“If there’s one thing we’ve learned about Afghanistan, from Afghanistan, it’s that the best way not to be caught up in endless war is to avoid starting one in the first place. And so when I am president, an authorisation for the use of military force will have a built-in three-year sunset”, another hopeful, Mayor of Indiana’s South Bend Pete Buttigieg, said.
The United States and its allies launched a military operation in Afghanistan in 2001 after the 9/11 attacks, organised by al-Qaeda terrorist group*, which was backed by the then Taliban-led government of Afghanistan.
The Taliban and the United States had been trying to reach a peace deal to include the withdrawal of foreign troops from Afghanistan and assurances from the Taliban that the country will not be used as a safe harbour for terrorists.
However, on Monday, US President Donald Trump said that the talks with the movement were “dead”.