India ‘s External Minister S Jaishankar met on Friday with the Afghanistan leader and chairman of the High Council for National Reconciliation, Abdullah Abdullah, and held wide-ranging talks on bilateral and regional issues.
“Please meet with HCNR Chairman @DrabdullahCE. A positive conversation on our bilateral cooperation and regional issues. Welcomed his perspectives and insights into current trends. As a friend, India remains committed to peace, development, and security in Afghanistan, “Jaishankar said over a tweet.
During the meeting, both sides have shared views on the Afghan peace process.
“As always pleased to visit HE @DrSJaishankar, Minister of Foreign Affairs of India. We shared views on the Afghan Peace Process, bilateral ties, and regional support for peace efforts. He has told me of India’s full support for peace in Afghanistan, “Abdullah Abdullah tweeted.
Last time, the two leaders met remotely during the Doha peace talks in intra-Afghanistan. Jaishankar affirmed its support for Afghanistan by saying that the peace process must be “Afghan-led, Afghan-owned and Afghan-controlled,” must “respect Afghanistan’s national sovereignty and territorial integrity” and must “promote human rights and democracy.”
On Thursday, Abdullah met with Prime Minister Narendra Modi to appreciate India’s $3 billion development pledge, projects that support Afghans in all 34 provinces, and both leaders committed to improving bilateral relations.
“Please visit HE Narendra Modi @narendramodi, Prime Minister of the Republic of # India. In our pleasant chat, we reviewed the new developments in the # AfghanPeaceProcess, the Doha talks, and India’s support for peace efforts, “Abdullah tweeted after the conference.
The chief of Afghanistan arrived in New Delhi on Tuesday. A day later, he held talks with Indian National Security Advisor Ajit Doval, who expressed questions about violence in Afghanistan.
The relationship between India and Afghanistan is not limited to high-level interactions between the governments of both sides but is rooted in ancient ties between the citizens.