|India on Friday said that an Afghan peace process should be Afghan-led, Afghan-owned and Afghan-controlled. it said, any political settlement must be inclusive and should preserve the socio-economic and political gains of the past 19 years. In response to the media queries on the announcement by the US of withdrawal of its troops from Afghanistan before 11th September this year, MEA spokesperson Arindam Bagchi said, India supports a united, democratic and sovereign Afghanistan. He said, India has noted the decision of the United States to withdraw its troops from Afghanistan and to end its military operations there.
The Spokesperson said, India is closely following the ongoing intra-Afghan peace process. He said, Afghan people have seen more than four decades of war and unrest and deserve long-lasting peace and development. Mr Bagch said, India is deeply concerned about the increase in violence and targeted killings in Afghanistan. He said, India has called for an immediate and comprehensive ceasefire. The Spokesperson said, India has participated in the Doha Conference, the Geneva Conference and recently, the Heart of Asia Conference in Dushanbe. He said, India remains engaged with the Afghan stakeholders and also its regional and international partners regarding next steps.