New Delhi, Jan 11: India has been a key stakeholder in the peace and reconciliation process in Afghanistan. India has been maintaining a policy of not engaging with the Taliban and pressing for an Afghan-owned and Afghan-led peace initiative to bring peace and stability in the war-ravaged country.
“External Affairs Minister SushmaSwaraj met Zalmay Khalilzad, US Special Representative for Afghan Reconciliation. Both sides shared their perspectives on peace and reconciliation efforts in Afghanistan.” Tweeted Raveesh Kumar.
Khalilzad is understood to have apprised Swaraj about the US plans to withdraw its troops from the war-ravaged country as well as Washington's efforts to give a push to the stalled peace process.
In a significant move, India had sent two former diplomats in "non-official" capacity to a conference on the Afghan peace process in Moscow in November which was attended by a high-level Taliban delegation.
Major powers like the US and Russia have been reaching out to the Taliban as part of efforts to push the stalled Afghan peace process.
"The US goal is to promote dialogue among Afghans about how to end the conflict, and to encourage the parties to come together at the negotiating table to reach a political settlement where every Afghan citizen enjoys equal rights and responsibilities under the rule of law," the US State Department said on Tuesday.