Foreign Minister Meets Indian National Security Adviser
NEW DELHI - Foreign Minister Mohammad Haneef Atmar met with Indian National Security Advisor Ajit Doval in New Delhi. The two sides discussed the latest developments in the Afghan peace process and political, economic, and security cooperation between the two countries.
During the meeting, Mr. Atmar discussed the peace plan of the Government of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan for the success of Afghanistan peace negotiations. He said the plan would pave the way for a lasting peace based on the will of the Afghan people and strengthen Afghanistan's role as a bridge for connectivity and cooperation between regional countries and the international community.
The Foreign Minister added that the Islamic Republic was the only structure that could maintain equal participation of citizens for internal peace and cohesion and prevent the return of terrorist groups to Afghanistan needed for regional balance and stability.
Regarding the existence of terrorist groups and networks in the region, Mr. Atmar noted that the severance of ties between the Taliban and terrorist outfits was one of the group's commitments and a basic condition for the success of peace talks that can allow the return of the Taliban to political and civil life.
During the meeting, India's National Security Adviser stressed the need for continued strategic cooperation between India and Afghanistan and expressed his country's full support for the peace process, including the consolidation of regional and global consensus. Mr. Doval added that the unity among Afghans and consensus at regional and international levels were essential factors for achieving sustainable peace.