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India to join talks with Taliban at ‘non-official’ level today

With the Taliban regaining lost ground rapidly and peace still elusive in Afghanistan, India has decided, for the first time, to participate in a Russia-hosted meeting on Afghanistan where Taliban representatives will also be present. While New Delhi has taken a considered decision to join the meeting, it will not send a government official.

Sources said that former Indian Ambassador to Afghanistan, Amar Sinha, and former Indian High Commissioner to Pakistan, T C A Raghavan, will attend the meeting as India’s representatives. Sources added that India supports efforts that aim to bring peace in Afghanistan and restore its struggling economy.

This is the second time that the Russians are trying to mediate between the warring factions and their regional supporters. Russia has invited Afghanistan, India, Pakistan, Iran, China, the US and some other countries to participate in the talks. The meeting is the result of the talks between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Russian President Vladimir Putin on pressing global issues.

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