US top envoy Khalilzad held meeting with Indian EAM Swaraj over Taliban talks

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US top envoy Khalilzad held meeting with Indian EAM Swaraj over Taliban talks

KABUL - The US Special Representative for Afghanistan Reconciliation Zalmay Khalilzad on Monday held meeting with Indian EAM Sushma Swaraj over Taliban talks.

He visited India as the United States delegation’s talks with the Taliban had a one-day break on the occasion of Ramadhan, TOLO News has reported.

Khalilzad held talks with India’s External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj and briefed her on peace efforts in Afghanistan, the Indian Foreign Affairs Ministry’s spokesman Raveesh Kumar said in a tweet on Monday.

“Both discussed role of all regional stakeholders in bringing peace and development in Afghanistan,” Kumar said. “India will work with key partners in days ahead.”

Meanwhile, the US Embassy said in a statement that Ambassador Khalilzad visited New Delhi May 6-7 for consultations with Indian government officials and other stakeholders on the Afghan peace process.

Khalilzad met with Minister of External Affairs Sushma Swaraj, National Security Advisor Ajit Doval, Foreign Secretary Vijay Gokhale, and India's Ambassador to Afghanistan Vinay Kumar, among others.

During his meetings, Khalilzad welcomed expressions of support for the Afghan peace process, which strengthens an emerging international consensus for peace efforts. He also recognized the many important contributions India has made to Afghanistan’s development.