Frustrated India reacts over Afghan peace talks leaving India in isolation despite $3 billion investment
NEW DELHI - Frustrated India reacts over successful Afghan peace talks leaving India in isolation despite $3 billion investment.
Indian Ambassador Vinay Kumar said that New Delhi has had serious talks with Washington about peace in Afghanistan, and he thinks Afghans should have full ownership of the peace process.
Regarding the ongoing peace efforts by US Government, Ambassador Kumar said that India has talked with the US regarding peace in Afghanistan, and that India supports the US efforts.
“We have partnered with the United States, and we are engaged with the United States in serious dialogue (with) discussions on the peace-related issues and we fully support the peace involving Ambassador Khalilzad,” Kumar said, referring to Ambassador Zalmay Khalilzad, the US peace envoy involved with the Afghan peace negotiations.
“We think that a sustainable peace in Afghanistan in the first place requires…the dismantling of infrastructure that supports violence and terrorism,” Kumar said.
Kumar says so far India has trained 6,000 Afghan officers and contributed 350 projects throughout Afghanistan.
When Kumar was asked whether the return of a Taliban Emirate to Afghanistan would be tolerated by India, Kumar said that “independence and territorial sovereignty mean that people choose the kind of government they want.