KABUL: The Chairman of the High Council for National Reconciliation (HCNR) Abdullah Abdullah has arrived in India on a four-day official foray to discuss the Afghan peace process and mutual ties with top Indian officials.
This is Abdullah’s first visit to India as Chairman of HCNR. Abdullah had also met with Pakistani officials on the Afghan peace process during his three-day visit to the neighboring country on September 28.
Abdullah is expected to meet with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Foreign Minister Subrahmanyam Jaishankar, and National Security Advisor Ajit Doval in New Delhi to confer on the ongoing Afghan peace talks, regional consensus on this matter, as well as bilateral ties.
Before leaving for India, Abdullah in a tweet said that India was a strategic partner of Afghanistan that continuously supported the Afghan government and its people.
“Our historical relations with India is very important to us, & the role of India in establishing lasting peace in AFG & the region is vital,” he said.
Intra-Afghan talks between the Afghan government and the Taliban were launched on September 12 in Qatar’s capital, Doha. However, no tangible developments have been so far made as the sides are bogged down in hammering out the details of working principles for further substantive talks.