India ‘Closely Monitoring’ Reconciliation Efforts With Afghan Taliban: Minister

India is closely monitoring the progress of reconciliation efforts with the Afghan Taliban. India has asked the US to address its concerns over the negotiations Afghan Taliban as New Delhi has massive stakes in the war-torn country. 

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During a visit at the invitation of the Pakistan government, Afghan Taliban spokesperson Zabihullah Mujahid informed that the group’s negotiators will meet Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan and US officials in Islamabad on February 18.

Zalmay Khalilzad, the US special representative for Afghan reconciliation is expected to be in Pakistan, next week as part of a six-nation tour that includes Qatar and Afghanistan. “The meetings in Islamabad will be held ahead of the next round of US and Afghan Taliban talks in Doha on February 25”, Mujahid said.

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In an interaction with the External Affairs Ministry, spokesperson Raveesh Kumar said:” India is closely following developments related to reconciliation efforts in Afghanistan involving different stakeholders and is also in very regular contact with all other players, including Russia, Iran, and Saudi Arabia”.

“Last week, our ambassador in the US had a meeting with Mr Khalilzad, where he was briefed on the US efforts in the region and we did agree that we will continue to maintain close contact with each other…” Kumar added.

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