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India to host second trilateral talks with US and Afghanistan

By Meena Haseeb - Sat Feb 16 2013, 8:40 am

India to host second trilateral talk with US and AfghanistanThe second trilateral talks between Afghanistan, United States and India is due to be organized next week in New Delhi.

The talks will focus on co-operation between the three countries post-2014 when the US forces are scheduled to hand over control for security operations to Afghan forces, The Economic Times reported.

In the meantime US State Department following a statement on Friday said, the US delegation, led by Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asia Robert Blake, would include the Deputy Special Representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan, Dan Feldman.

The source further added, The day-long meeting would be held on February 19. “The United States, India and Afghanistan all share a common vision for a strong, peaceful, and prosperous region and have pledged to work together on common challenges and opportunities including combating violent extremism, strengthening cultural exchanges and increasing regional trade and economic integration.”

WASHINGTON: New Delhi will host the second tri-lateral dialogue with US and Afghanistan next week, which among other things will focus on co-operation between the three countries post-2014 when the US forces are scheduled to hand over control for security operations to Afghan forces.

The US delegation, led by Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asia Robert Blake, would include the Deputy Special Representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan, Dan Feldman, the State Department said in a statement today.

The day-long meeting would be held on February 19. “The United States, India and Afghanistan all share a common vision for a strong, peaceful, and prosperous region and have pledged to work together on common challenges and opportunities including combating violent extremism, strengthening cultural exchanges and increasing regional trade and economic integration,” the State Department said.

“The trilateral reflects our mutual commitments to transparency and coordination as Afghanistan continues with it ongoing security, economic and political transitions,” it said.

The inaugural trilateral consultations was held in New York City on September 25, 2012 at the Afghan Mission in New York city.

After New Delhi, Blake will travel to Dushanbe, Tajikistan on February 20 leading a US delegation for the mid-year review of the US-Tajikistan Annual Bilateral Consultations.

While in Dushanbe, Blake will also meet senior government officials, local business representatives, and civil society leaders.

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