India is Important Part of Afghan Peace Dialogues: Jaishankar


KABUL: Indian Foreign Minister Subrahmanyam Jaishankar has said that India was an important part of the Afghan peace dialogue as well as on plans about the future of Afghanistan.

On an official visit to the United States, Jaishankar said he discussed the situation in Afghanistan and the US withdrawal from the country with top US officials.

 “I don’t think it was so much an issue of what is India’s role? I mean, India has an interest, India has influence, India has stakes, and India has a history out there,” he said.

He added, “We are a regional country. We are probably bordering Afghanistan, So, there is recognition, clearly in the United States as indeed in many other countries, that when you talk about the future of Afghanistan, India is an important part of that conversation.”

There were discussions on what could happen, what should happen, what should not happen”, Jaishankar said in response to a question.

Since 2001, when US-led forces pushed the Taliban out of Kabul, India has provided over $3 billion in assistance to Afghanistan in areas of economy and reconstruction.