India has made many important contributions to the development of Afghanistan: the US.

NEW DELHI: The US Said Tuesday Its Special Representative For Peace In Afghanistan Zalmay Khalilzad Has Recognized The Many Important Contributions India Has Made Afghanistan ' S Development In His Conversations With Top Indian Government Officials During His Two Day Visit Here.

Khalilzad Consulted With His Indian Government Officials And Other Stakeholders About The Afghan Peace Process During His Visit Here On May 6 And 7, The US Embassy Said.

Ambassador Khalilzad With External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj, Ajit Doval National Security Advisor, Vijay Gokhale, Foreign Secretary And India & Ambassador To Afghanistan

During His Meetings, Ambassador Khalilzad Welcomed Expressions Of Support For The Afghan Peace Process, Which Strengthens An Emerging International Consensus For Peace Efforts. He Also Recognized The Many Important Contributions India Has Made To Afghanistan ' S Development, The Embassy Said In A Statement.

It Said Khalilzad And His Counterparts Discussed The Many Important Benefits That Peace Would Bring, Which Include Preventing International Terrorists Use Of Afghanistan As A Platform For Attacks, Improving Prospects For Regional Peace And Security And Increasing Regional Connectivity And Trade.

Ambassador Khalilzad And His Counterparts Also Discussed That Afghanistan ' S Political Future Is For Afghanistan To Decide On An Inclusive And Legitimate Process, The Embassy Said.

They Also Agreed That The Afghan Achievements Of The Last 18 Years Should Be Preserved And On Which They Should Build. Ambassador Khalilzad Will Continue To Consult Indian Colleagues As The Peace Process Progresses, It Has Been Added.

Khalilzad Has Been Holding Talks With The Taliban In Qatari Capital Doha To Hammer Out A Deal To Bring Lasting Peace And Stability To War-ravaged Afghanistan.

Last Week, The US Officials Held Their Sixth Round Of Talks With The Taliban To End The 17-year-old Conflict In Afghanistan.

In March, India Conveyed To The US That It Should Not Withdraw Its Troops From Afghanistan Without Putting In Place An Elected Political Structure To Govern The Country.

Major Powers Such As The US, Russia, And Iran Have Contacted The Taliban As Part Of The Efforts To Continue The Stalled Afghan Peace Process.

India Has Been A Key Stakeholder In The Peace And Reconciliation Process In Afghanistan.

In An Important Step, India Sent Two Former Diplomats To" Unofficial" Capacity For A Conference On The Afghan Peace Process In Moscow In November Of Last Year, In Which A High-Level Taliban Delegation Took Part.

The Conference Organized By Russia Was Attended By Representatives Of Afghanistan As Well As From Several Other Countries, Including The US, Pakistan And China.

India Has Pursued A Policy Of Not Involving The Taliban And Insisting On An Afghan And Afghanistan-led Peace Initiative To Bring Peace And Stability To The War-ridden Country.

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