India, Russia hold parleys on Afghan strife: Favour Afghan-led peace, reconciliation
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India, Russia hold parleys on Afghan strife: Favour Afghan-led peace, reconciliation

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New Delhi, Dec 20: India and Russia on Thursday favoured 'Afghan-led and Afghan-owned inclusive, peace and reconciliation process' to end the strife in Afghanistan and both sides also agreed to maintain regular bilateral consultations to promote peace and stability.

Russian Special Envoy Zamir Kabulov held delegation level talks with Joint Secretary in the MEA Deepak Mittal.

He also called on Foreign Secretary Vijay Gokhale later, MEA spokesman Raveesh Kumar said.

"Important thing that came up from the meetings is that both sides reiterated their support for an Afghan-led and Afghan-owned inclusive, peace and reconciliation process," he said.

The Russian side on their part briefed on the efforts to support Afghan Peace process through the Moscow format of talks, he said.

"It was also agreed to maintain regular bilateral consultations and coordination including in the context of international fora with the shared objective to promote peace, security, stability, unity and prosperity in Afghanistan," he said.

"We hope the next round of consultations will be held in Russia in 2019," the spokesman said.

The meeting of senior Russian and Indian officials on Afghanistan come at a time when China-led initiatives are on along with Pakistan and Afghanistan to advance their cooperation against terrorism.

In the meantime, the United Arab Emirates has said that the talks it is hosting between the United States and the Taliban have yielded "positive" results.

The US-Taliban "reconciliation talks" produced "tangible results that are positive for all parties concerned", the UAE's official WAM news agency said.

Further parleys are on cards in Abu Dhabi "to complete the Afghanistan reconciliation process", it said.

The two days of meetings in the Emirati capital are seen as US administration's yet another fresh attempt at ending Afghanistan's 17-year conflict. (UNI)

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