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The Ambassador of Pakistan to United States Asad Khan stopped short of supporting the Indian dialogue with the Taliban group in a bid to help advance the peace process.

“If India feels that their engagement is going to help the peace process, then we would defer to their judgment. But it’s not for us to sit in judgment on what they should do or they shouldn’t do,” Khan told Reuters.

He made the remarks in response to a question if he was open to an Indian dialogue with th eTaliban.

This comes as the U.S. envoy for Afghan peace Zalmay Khalilzad had earlier emphasized on the importance of dialogue between India and Taliban.

Speaking during an interview with The Hindu, Khalilzad said he discussed how India could play a “more active role” in the Afghan reconciliation process during his talks in Delhi on Thursday.

“India is an important force in Afghanistan and it would be appropriate for that [India-Taliban] engagement to take place,” Khallilzad said.

Khalilzad further added that India had a “significant role” in Afghanistan’s development, but paradoxically, doesn’t play a role in the international peace efforts.

“India and Afghanistan have historic ties, and I believe that dialogue between India and the Taliban is important, and it would be important that issues of concern like this [terrorism] are raised directly,” he added.


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