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Russian foreign minister Lavrov said both his country and India had agreed to keep in close touch on the situation in the strife-torn nation, pointing to the contributions that neighbours and old powerful actors in the region can make in the Afghan peace process. —  AFP

New Delhi: Batting unabashedly for the necessity to have the Taliban as a part of the peace course of in Afghanistan, Russia on Tuesday termed it a “movement that is part of Afghan society”. In remarks that raised eyebrows at a joint press convention within the presence of exterior affairs minister S. Jaishankar after detailed bilateral talks with him, Russian international minister Sergey Lavrov stated the participation of all Afghan political teams was needed within the peace talks “otherwise, it is not going to be stable”. A involved and apprehensive New Delhi in the meantime advised Moscow that “for India, what happens in Afghanistan impacts its security directly”, and that “the (Afghan) peace process must be based on foundational principles to which we all subscribe”, including {that a} “political solution should mean an independent, sovereign, united and democratic Afghanistan”.      

However in a transparent indication of a “tilt” in the direction of the Taliban, an unfazed Mr Lavrov advised reporters that the “exclusion of a group” will “not lead to implementation” of a peace settlement and that it’s “fraught with the risk of hostilities”. He stated it “would be sad” if the Afghan peace course of “breaks down”. The Russian stand and perceived softness in the direction of the Taliban is seen by observers as additional proof of the brand new discovered proximity between Russia and Pakistan, that’s seen as the principle backer of the Taliban. Mr Lavrov additionally left for Islamabad Tuesday night, the place the Afghan peace course of will little doubt be additional mentioned by him.

 

The Russian international minister stated each his nation and India had agreed to maintain in “close touch” on the scenario within the strife-torn nation, pointing to the contributions that “neighbours and old powerful actors” within the area could make within the Afghan peace course of. He additionally referred to the “Moscow format” on this regard, a reference to latest Afghan peace talks within the Russian capital that had concerned the Taliban.

Mr Jaishankar in the meantime stated: “One question on which we spent some time is the unfolding developments in and around Afghanistan. As you all know, the Heart of Asia-Istanbul Process conference took place last week … (in Dushanbe). There have been other discussions of a bilateral or plurilateral nature as well. Many more can be expected in the coming days. For India, what happens in Afghanistan impacts its security directly. I shared our approach that a durable peace there would require harmonising interests of all, both within and around that country. The peace process must be based on foundational principles to which we all subscribe. And a political solution should mean an independent, sovereign, united and democratic Afghanistan.”

 

It might be recalled that India is strongly backing Afghan President Ashraf Ghani, who’s hated by the Taliban. Mr Jaishankar had solely not too long ago “reassured Afghan foreign minister Haneef Atmar of India’s long-term commitment towards a peaceful, sovereign, stable and inclusive Afghanistan where the rights of all sections of the society are protected within a democratic constitutional framework”.

It could also be recalled that in February, Prime Minister Narendra Modi had expressed concern over the growing violence within the war-torn nation and had referred to as for a ceasefire and a direct finish to violence in Afghanistan. Mr Modi had reiterated New Delhi’s stand in favour of a peace course of that’s Afghan-led, Afghan-owned and Afghan-controlled, whereas stating how harmless residents, journalists and activists are being focused in a cowardly method within the strife-torn nation, whilst a determined Taliban continues to mount lethal terror assaults in that nation in opposition to its targets together with girls.

 

It might even be recalled that not too long ago, whereas in search of a task for India as nicely aside from a number of different international locations within the Afghan peace course of, america underneath the Joe Biden administration had proposed a “UN-led peace conference in Turkey attended by foreign ministers and envoys from Russia, China, Pakistan, Iran, India and the US”. 

India, which has already efficiently carried out a number of improvement initiatives in Afghanistan, had in February introduced that it will construct a second dam there — the Lalandar (Shatoot) Dam — to fulfill the ingesting water wants of Afghan capital Kabul. That is the second main dam being constructed by India in Afghanistan, after the India-Afghanistan Friendship Dam (Salma Dam), which was inaugurated in 2016.