October 25, 2014

India seek UK’s re-assurance on Afghan peace process “redlines”

By Meena Haseeb - Tue Feb 19 2013, 9:01 am

India seek UK's re-assurance on Afghan peace process redlines

India, the US and Afghanistan will hold their second trilateral meet in New Delhi on Tuesday to discuss all aspects of the situation in Afghanistan, especially in the backdrop
of US’ announcement of withdrawing 34,000 American troops from the war-torn country in the next one year.

Afghan Deputy Foreign Minister Jawed Ludin, YK Sinha, Additional Secretary (PAI) and Vikram Kumar Doraiswami, Joint Secretary (Americas) from India and Assistant Secretary for
South and Central Asian Affairs Robert Blake from the US will lead their respective delegations.

The trilateral talks between Afghanistan, United States and India comes amid British prime minister’s visit to New Delhi.

Indian prime minister Manmohan Singh in his meeting with the British prime minister David Cameron will seek re-assurance on the “redlines” of peace process in
Afghanistan.

India has been wary since Cameron hosted Pakistan President Asif Ali Zardari and Afghanistan’s Hamid Karzai for a third trilateral meeting in early February, The Indian Express
reported.

India wants the Afghan reconciliation process to take place within the “red lines” agreed upon at the 2010 London 2010 conference — that talks with Taliban will be held only if
it renounces violence and agrees to abide by the Afghan constitution — but fears that some western interlocutors might be willing to “blur” the redlines.

India’s unhappiness at being kept out of the loop on the meeting, in fact, had prompted UK National Security Advisor to call and brief NSA Shivshankar Menon. Indian envoy to UK
Jaimini Bhagwati confirmed the call and added that Foreign Secretary William Hague had also spoken with Foreign Minister Salman Khurshid about the meeting.

Afghan Deputy Foreign Minister Jawed Ludin, YK Sinha, Additional Secretary (PAI) and Vikram Kumar Doraiswami, Joint Secretary (Americas) from India and Assistant Secretary for South and Central Asian Affairs Robert Blake from the US will lead their respective delegations.

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