India welcomes deal between US and Taliban in Afghanistan

New Delhi: India has welcomed the deal between the US and the Taliban in Afghanistan. External Affairs Ministry Spokesperson Raveesh Kumar said, New Delhi support all opportunities that can bring peace, security and stability in Afghanistan and end violence, cut ties with international terrorism and lead to a lasting political settlement through an Afghan-led, Afghan-owned and Afghan controlled process.

He said India noted that the entire political spectrum in Afghanistan, including the Government, the democratic polity and civil society, has welcomed the opportunity and hoped for peace and stability generated by these agreements.

Mr Kumar said India will continue to extend all support to the Government and people of Afghanistan in realising their aspirations for a peaceful, democratic and prosperous future where the interest of all sections of Afghan society are protected.

US and Taliban signed a peace deal in Doha yesterday. India attended the historic event as Observer. The agreement will pave the way for phased withdrawal of American troops from Afghanistan.

As part of the deal, the Taliban are required to initiate a dialogue with the Afghan government and other civil society and political groups for a permanent ceasefire and power-sharing in post-war Afghanistan.