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India to meet Taliban at Moscow meet on Afghanistan

India will be participating at a ‘non-official’ level, in a meeting on Afghanistan being hosted by Russia in which Taliban representatives will also be attended.

India’s decision to attend the Moscow meet has already been criticized by former Jammu and Kashmiri CM Omar Abdullah.

Ministry of External Affairs spokesperson Raveesh Kumar on Thursday confirmed the participation. But he made it clear that the participation of India at the meeting will be at the non-official level.

Moscow is holding a meeting to discuss the state of affairs in Afghanistan on November 9 . Kumar added that India supports all efforts at peace and reconciliation in the strife-torn country and bring stability in the region.

The meeting was earlier scheduled for September 4, which was called off after the Afghan government pulled out at the last moment. Russia has said that invitations for the meet has been sent out to India, Iran, China, Pakistan, the US, Afghanistan and other countries. The meeting comes after Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Russian President Vladimir Putin held talks on a host of global issues.

After the talks, in a joint statement, the two sides declared their support to the Afghan government's efforts towards the realisation of an Afghan-led, and Afghan-owned national peace reconciliation process.