Ending Terror Sanctuaries ‘Essential’ For Peace in Afghanistan: India

While attending a video conference on the development of the Afghan peace process, India said that putting an end to terror sanctuaries and safe havens is necessary for peace in Afghanistan.

At the Monday conference on “Strengthening Consensus for Peace” hosted by the Afghan government, India was represented by JP Singh, the new head of the Pakistan-Afghanistan-Iran desk in the Ministry of External Affairs.

India highlighted the fact that in order to achieve durable peace in Afghanistan, putting an end to terrorist sanctuaries and safe havens is an essential pre-requisite, the ministry said.

According to the latest U.S. and UN reports, Pakistan has been referred to as a “safe haven” or “harbour” for groups that target the entire region.

There is also growing concern in New Delhi about the spike in Taliban violence despite signing of the Doha deal with the U.S. in February.

Issues concerning Afghan peace and reconciliation process and support of the regional partners to an independent, unified, democratic and sovereign Afghanistan were discussed.

President Ashraf Ghani thanked Prime Minister Narendra Modi for extending assistance related to COVID-19.

India is one of the largest development partners of Afghanistan, with commitment of more than $3 billion.

It reiterated the importance of an inclusive, Afghan-led, Afghan-owned, Afghan-controlled peace and reconciliation process.

The Indian representative also expressed support for a constitutional order in Afghanistan, which would protect the interest of all section of Afghan society, including women, children and minorities.

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