New Delhi: Prime Minister, Narendra Modi today assured Afghanistan’s top peace negotiator Dr Abdullah Abdullah of India’s continued support to Afghanistan and the intra-Afghan peace process.
Dr Abdullah Abdullah, Afghanistan’s Chief Negotiator with the Taliban and Chairman of the High Council for National Reconciliation (HCNR), called on the Prime Minister on Thursday morning and apprised him of the latest developments on the Afghan peace process.
‘’Pleased to meet Narendra Modi, the Prime Minister of Republic of India. In our friendly discussion, we took stock of the latest developments on the Afghan peace process, the talks in Doha and India’s support for the peace efforts. The Prime Minister assured me of India’s continued support for the peace process and Afghanistan. I thanked him and the people of India for the invitation and generous hospitality. I also thanked India for its principled position on the Afghanistan peace process’’, Dr Abdullah Abdullah said after the meeting with the Prime Minister.
The Afghanistan leader who arrived on October 6 on the five-day official visit to India, also had talks with National Security Advisor (NSA) Ajit Doval on Wednesday and apprised him of the progress on the Afghanistan peace process.
The NSA conveyed to him India’s support for an independent, democratic, sovereign and peaceful Afghanistan where no terrorists can operate.
Mr Doval also assured Dr Abdullah Abdullah of India’s full support for the Afghan peace efforts and any peace settlement acceptable to Afghans.
‘’Had a constructive discussion with Ajit Doval, the NSA of India. We discussed the Afghan peace process and the talks in Doha. He assured me of India’s full support for the peace efforts and that any peace settlement acceptable to Afghans, will have the support of India. He (Mr Doval) further stated that India is in favour of an independent, democratic, sovereign and peaceful Afghanistan whre no terrorists can operate’’, Dr Abdullah Abdullah said.
He is scheduled to hold official level discussions with External Affairs Minister Dr S Jaishankar on Friday on various bilateral, regional and international issues. Later this evening the Afghan leader will give a lecture at the Insttitute for Defence Studies and Analysis (IDSA).
This is his first visit to India as HCNR Chairman. He is the second top Afghan leader to visit India during the past few weeks. Marshal Abdul Rashid Dostum visited India last month and met External Affairs Minister, Dr S Jaishankar.