India posits two-layered peace to resolve Afghan conflict


KABUL: During the Heart of Asia-Istanbul Process Ministerial summit in Dushanbe, the capital of Tajikistan, S Jaishankar, India’s External Affairs Minister, on Tuesday emphasized the importance of a “double peace” – peace within Afghanistan and peace around the world.

For a durable peace in Afghanistan, there was a need for a genuine ‘double peace,’ that is, peace within Afghanistan and peace around Afghanistan, he proposed, adding “it requires harmonizing the interests of all, both within and around that country.”

According to him, “it is necessary to ensure that the negotiating parties continue to engage in good faith, with a serious commitment towards reaching a political solution.”

All participants in the meeting, as he said, were working for a more democratic Afghanistan that can transcend decades of violence.

“But that will happen only if we stay true to principles that Heart of Asia has long embodied. Collective success may not be easy, but the alternative is only collective failure,” he added.

Foreign ministers of Iran, Turkey, and Pakistan also supported accelerating an Afghan-led peace process.

Meanwhile, UNAMA’s president Deborah Lyons added that regional countries’ cooperation would be vital in the future of the Afghan Peace Process.

The Heart of Asia-Istanbul Process summit was established to resolve Afghanistan’s and its neighbors’ joint problems and ensure their respective interests.

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