Peace course of ought to defend minorities: EAM

New Delhi, September 12

External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar on Saturday hoped that the Afghan peace course of, which started at this time, would protect the pursuits of minorities, girls and weak sections. “The issue of violence across the country and its neighbourhood has to be effectively addressed,” Jaishankar mentioned whereas taking part within the inaugural session of the intra-Afghan negotiations by way of a video hyperlink.

He additionally referred to India’s position as a growth accomplice with over 400 initiatives accomplished in all 34 provinces of Afghanistan. Giving a gist of his tackle in a sequence of tweets, Jaishankar reaffirmed India’s long-held place that the peace course of ought to be “Afghan-led, Afghan-owned and Afghan-controlled”. The representatives of Afghanistan’s two warring factions are actually in Qatar for US-brokered negotiations on a political settlement to the struggle. A senior official of a delegation led by MEA’s Pakistan-Afghanistan-India desk chief JP Singh participated within the ceremony at Doha. However, a report by the International Crisis Group anticipates that the federal government crew might attempt to decelerate the method until the US elections within the hope {that a} Joe Biden victory may change the coverage. In a sign of Pakistan’s pivotal position in facilitating the US-Taliban accord in February, the US Army’s Central Command chief, Gen Kenneth McKenzie, met Pakistan Army chief Gen Qamar Javed Bajwa, a day earlier than the negotiations. The Afghan Government crew is headed by Abdullah Abdullah, who’s pro-India. US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and the US’ Special Afghan envoy Zalmay Khalilzad addressed one in all India’s major issues — that Afghanistan may revert to being the coaching floor for terrorists if the Taliban shares energy in Kabul. — TNS

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