Support all opportunities which end violence in Afghanistan: India
New Delhi : India on Saturday said that they support all opportunities which can bring peace, security and stability in Afghanistan.
The statement from India came during the US-Taliban peace deal in Doha on Saturday.
"India's consistent policy is to support all opportunities that can bring peace, security and stability in Afghanistan; end violence; cut ties with international terrorism; and lead to a lasting political settlement through an Afghan-led, Afghan-owned and Afghan-controlled process," external affairs ministry spokesperson Raveesh Kumar said in response to media queries on the deal.
The spokesperson added that the as a contiguous neighbour, India will "continue to extend all support to the government and people of Afghanistan in realising their aspirations for a peaceful, democratic and prosperous future."
"We note that the entire political spectrum in Afghanistan, including the government, the democratic polity and civil society, has welcomed the opportunity and hope for peace and stability generated by these agreements.
As a contiguous neighbour, India will continue to extend all support to the government and people of Afghanistan in realising their aspirations for a peaceful, democratic and prosperous future where the interest of all sections of Afghan society are protected.”
According to the agreement signed with Afghanistan, the US will pull back its force from the country within the time frame of 14 months in phased manner.
The US invaded Afghanistan in response to the September 11, 2001 attacks. About 2,400 US soldiers have been killed in the conflict that has cost America billions of dollars in fighting and rebuilding Afghanistan.