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India ‘won’t treat Taliban on par with Afghan government’

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Ahmad Shah Ghanizada
Ahmad Shah Ghanizada
Ahmadshah Ghanizada is the deputy editor in chief for The Khaama Press Agency who manages and overlooks the English edition.

577194The Indian envoy in United Nations has said that New Delhi will not “endorse” treating the Afghan government on par with elements of the Taliban.

Ambassador Bhagwant Singh Bishnoi, the acting Permanent Representative of India to the U.N., said, “Treating the Government of Afghanistan on par with elements of the erstwhile Taliban regime is something we will never endorse.”

Bishnoi was at a Security Council debate on the U.N. Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) at the United Nations headquarters in New York.

underscored India’s “unwavering” commitment to assist the Afghan people and government as they build a “peaceful, pluralistic, democratic and prosperous” nation.

“India does not have an ‘exit strategy’ in Afghanistan with whom we share civilisational linkages spanning hundreds of years,” Bishnoi quoted by Press Trust of India said.

He also insisted on an “Afghan-led, Afghan-owned and Afghan-controlled” peace process, while respecting the “agreed red lines“.

Bishnoi also added that terrorism and not ethnicity is the greatest threat to peace in an Afghanistan on the verge of a historic transition.

He said the May 23 terror attack on the Indian Consulate in Herat is a “grim reminder that terrorism, not ethnicity or tribal differences, is the greatest threat to peace and stability in Afghanistan and the chances of the Afghan people attaining a path of self-sustained economic growth and prosperity”.

Bishnoi said, “The whole-hearted support by the international community to developing a prosperous, independent and sovereign Afghanistan capable of defending itself is the only way to defeat this scourge.”

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