“India`s policy has always been to support all possibilities that bring peace, security and stability to Afghanistan, end violence and end relations with international terrorism and bring a long-term political solution through an Afghan and Afghan-controlled process,” a Foreign Ministry spokesman said. “As an immediate neighbour, India will continue to provide all possible assistance to the Afghan government and its people to realize its aspirations for a peaceful, democratic and prosperous future, in which the interests of all components of Afghan society are protected.” Shringla arrived in Kabul on the eve of the signing of an important agreement by the United States and the Taliban in Doha. “He stressed the need to eliminate externally sponsored terrorism for lasting peace in Afghanistan,” the Foreign Ministry said when asked by the Taliban that the Taliban wanted the deal. If the Taliban comply with the agreement, the United States and its allies will withdraw their forces from Afghanistan within 14 months. There are currently about 13,000 U.S. troops in Afghanistan. The Minister of Foreign Affairs expressed his support for the Afghan leadership, Afghan ownership and control of lasting and inclusive peace and reconciliation. The US president said Afghanistan still has a long way to go. Representatives from 50 countries, including India, will attend the duration of the agreement. It is believed that India and the Taliban can get closer to each other in Doha and abandon old hesitations. Foreign ministers from seven countries, including Pakistan, were invited to participate in the agreement. With the agreement of both parties, everyone was invited by the government of Qatar.
The agreement will allow the withdrawal of 15,000 troops from the United States and its allies trapped in the Afghan civil war. The Indian Ambassador to Qatar, P Kumaran, will participate in the event on behalf of India. The IANS news agency quoted Taliban sources as saying that the U.S. and Afghan governments would release 5,000 Taliban prisoners. . . .