new Delhi. National Security Advisor Ajit Doval arrived in Afghanistan on a two-day visit on Wednesday and met top leadership including President Ashraf Ghani. During this time with top leadership, they discussed strategic issues of mutual interest, against terrorism and co-ordination in the ongoing efforts to establish peace.
It is noteworthy that the Afghan government and the Taliban are talking directly for the first time to end the 19-year war. The talks between the two sides began in Doha on 5 January.
A delegation along with Ajit Doval has also reached Afghanistan. He met Afghan President Ashraf Ghani at Rashtrapati Bhavan this morning. A statement issued by the President’s Office of Afghanistan said that the two sides discussed efforts to mobilize regional support for cooperation against terrorism and peace in Afghanistan.
During the meeting, President Ghani said that in the stability of Afghanistan, Afghan security forces are playing a big role in fighting frontline against regional and global terrorism. He hoped that the joint efforts of India and Afghanistan with NATO and the US would succeed in the fight against terrorism. During the meeting, NSA Doval said that India is ready to negotiate on issues of mutual interest while continuing to cooperate with Afghanistan.
President of Afghanistan’s National Reconciliation Council Abdullah Abdullah tweeted that he was pleased to welcome India’s National Security Advisor Ajit Doval. We exchanged views on the peace process, the beginning of the second round of negotiations, and India’s role in establishing peace in Afghanistan.
Afghanistan’s National Security Council said in a statement that NSA Hamdullah Mohib hosted his Indian counterpart Ajit Doval and a high-level delegation from Delhi for a two-day visit to Kabul. The two sides held extensive talks on strategic issues of mutual interest.
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