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Afghanistan eyes India's help on regional consensus

Afghanistan eyes India's help on regional consensus

Oct 26, 2017 - 13:25

NEW DELHI (Pajhwok): The Afghan ambassador in New Delhi says Kabul wants to arrange a trilateral meeting and a regional assembly with India’s mediation.

Shida Mohammad Abdali, in an exclusive interview with Pajhwok Afghan News, said India could play an important role in the regional assembly with Afghanistan.

“India has the main role and it can be a bridge for Afghanistan’s partnership with the US. At the same time, it can create equality where the region could not be divided and protected.”

Abdali said Afghanistan wanted to have trilateral meetings with Russia, China, Iran and other countries in connection with the region’s stability.

The ambassador described the role of India that US President Donald Trump had emphasised in Afghanistan in his strategy for South Asia.

He also welcomed the decision of US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson on having crucial meetings with India and Afghanistan.

A day earlier, Tillerson said at a conference with India Foreign Minister Sushma Sawarj that a trilateral meeting would be held in December. He did not give more details.

Abdali said the meeting would be about the implementation of the US strategy. “President Ghani has proposed the trilateral meeting during his trip to India.”

He stressed the regional countries must cooperate in a more meaningful and sustained manner with Afghanistan on regional stability.