Direct Talk

Indian envoy supports UN’s call for direct talk between Afghanistan and Taliban

Syed Akbaruddin, the Indian permanent envoy to the UN, supported the UN’s call for direct talks between the Afghan government and the Taliban.

He emphasized on the need to provide international community support to Afghan security forces in the fight against terrorism.

“It is the Afghan people who will implement and bear the consequences of any agreements arrived at.”

“Hence outcomes having constitutional legitimacy and political mandate and which are arrived at in an inclusive and democratic way can ensure stability. We, therefore, support the Secretary General’s call for direct talks between the Afghan government and the Taliban,” he added.

Addressing the quarterly debate on United Nation Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) at the UN Security Council, Akbaruddin remembered the peace in Afghanistan before terrorism and said the support and safe havens enjoyed from by the terrorist groups such as the Taliban, the Haqqani Network, Da’esh, as well as Al Qaeda must be addressed.

“Having been victims of terrorism, we understand and empathize with our Afghan friends the suffering and pain they are undergoing” he said.

“Amidst the clouds of uncertainty of the present, we should not forget theprecious gains that the Afghan people have made in the last 18 years.”

He also said that the process of peace and reconciliation cannot go forward in an atmosphere of terror.

The UN Secretary General Special Representative Tadamachi Yamamoto also supported Afghanistan and urged to launch a direct talks between the Afghan government and Taliban at the earliest possible.

A few days ago US President Donald Trump canceled the peace talks with Taliban group in Doha and later called them ‘dead’ after nearly a year of peace negotiations conducted between US negotiators, with Zalmay Khalilzad being at the helm, and the Taliban representatives.

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