India’s Ambassador to Qatar will attend the signing of the landmark peace deal between the US and the Afghan Taliban in Doha on Saturday, official sources stated on Thursday.
The deal would permit for the withdrawal of US forces from Afghanistan. The US has misplaced over 2,400 troopers in Afghanistan since late 2001.
Sources stated India has been invited by the Qatar authorities for the ceremony the place the deal will probably be signed and Indian ambassador P Kumaran will attend it.
It will probably be for the primary time India will formally attend an occasion involving the Taliban.
India has been a key stakeholder in the peace and reconciliation course of in Afghanistan.
In a big transfer, India had despatched two former diplomats in “non-official” capability to a convention on Afghan peace course of in Moscow in November 2018.
The convention organised by Russia was attended by a high-level Taliban delegation, representatives of Afghanistan in addition to from a number of different nations, together with the US, Pakistan and China.
Major powers such because the US, Russia and Iran have been reaching out to the Taliban as half of efforts to push the stalled Afghan peace course of.
India has been supporting a national peace and reconciliation course of which is Afghan-led, Afghan-owned and Afghan managed.
India has additionally been sustaining that care must be taken to make sure that any such course of doesn’t lead to any “ungoverned spaces” the place terrorists and their proxies can relocate.