India on Saturday joined the inaugural session of intra-Afghan negotiations in Doha and communicated its national stand on the issue, stating that any peace process should be Afghan-led, Afghan-owned and Afghan-controlled.
Outside matters minister S Jaishankar participated in the session which marks the end of decades of war by coming together of Taliban and delegates appointed by the Afghanistan government in a historic moment. US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo also attended the opening ceremony in Qatar.
“India believes any peace process should be Afghan-led, Afghan-owned and Afghan-controlled, has to respect the national sovereignty and territorial integrity of Afghanistan,” a remark released by MEA read.
Here is the full text of India’s remark:
Outside Matters Minister (EAM) participated in the inaugural session of the intra-Afghan negotiations held in Doha on 12 September 2020 via VTC. EAM’s participation was once in response to a call for participation extended to him by the Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister of the State of Qatar, H.E. Mohammad bin Abdulrahman bin Jassim Al Thani.
In his address, EAM referred to the millennia old relationship between India and Afghanistan, which he said had withstood the test of time. EAM highlighted India’s role as a major development partner of Afghanistan with over 400 projects completed in the entire 34 provinces of Afghanistan.
EAM conveyed that India’s policy on Afghanistan had been consistent. India believes any peace process should be Afghan-led, Afghan-owned and Afghan-controlled, has to respect the national sovereignty and territorial integrity of Afghanistan and maintain the progress made in the establishment of a democratic Islamic Republic in Afghanistan. The interests of minorities, women and vulnerable sections of society should be preserved and the issue of violence across the country and its neighbourhood must be effectively addressed.
EAM wished for the success of the Intra-Afghan negotiations in delivering to the people of Afghanistan what they have got longed for – a peaceable and affluent future in an independent and sovereign nation.
A senior official delegation led by Shri J P Singh, Joint Secretary (PAI) in the Ministry of Outside Matters participated in the inaugural ceremony in Doha.