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Admin Reporter- Pooja

Jan 11 2019


Talks with Taliban: India says stand hasn’t changed

In the midst of confusion over the Army Chief’s comments on India joining talks with the Taliban on Thursday, the government made it clear that India would not engage the Afghan insurgents directly, and had not changed its position on the issue.On the sidelines of the annual Raisina Dialogue, Minister of State for External Affairs Gen (Retd) V.K. Singh said India’s position on direct talks with the Taliban remained the same.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

He explained that the attendance of two former diplomats at a conference in Moscow which included Taliban representatives was purely “non-official”.“We had just sent non-officials because it was something called for by Russia,” Mr. Singh told reporters, “We have got nothing to do with Taliban.”A senior government official also said India’s traditional position on a purely “Afghan-led and Afghan-owned” dialogue had not altered, despite a number of countries including U.S., Russia, China, Iran, Pakistan and Uzbekistan beginning talks with the Taliban.

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