India and US Discuss Afghan Peace on Khalilzad’s Visit to New Delhi

US Special Representative for Afghanistan Reconciliation Zalmay Khalilzad on Tuesday met Indian External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar and briefed him about progress in the Afghan peace process.

Khalilzad’s visit to India comes amid signals that the US-brokered peace deal with the Taliban is likely to be finalised soon to end the nearly two-decade-long war in Afghanistan.

“Useful discussions with US Special Representative Zalmay Khalilzad. Provided a comprehensive update on the situation in Afghanistan. Shared views on how we could work together effectively,” Jaishankar tweeted.

On Monday, Khalilzad also said that “excellent progress” has been made in the peace talks and the potential deal with the Taliban would allow for the conditions-based withdrawal of US troops from Afghanistan.

“Building on excellent progress in Kabul last week, I’ve spent the last few days in Doha, focused on the remaining issues in completing a potential deal with the Taliban that would allow for a conditions-based troop withdrawal. We have made excellent progress,” he tweeted on Monday.

India has been a key stakeholder in the peace and reconciliation process in Afghanistan.

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