India has been asked to participate in peace talks between the US and Taliban.Two days after India told the Taliban, Source Priv The Hindu, about 24 countries were expected to participate in the ceremony. India’s involvement as a witness depends on the attitude of President Ashraf Ghani’s government, officials said earlier.
An Indian official reaffirmed that the peace talks must be “Afghan-owned, Afghan-led and Afghan-controlled”, and that participation from the Afghan government at the ceremony signals that the US-Taliban agreement will eventually take a comprehensive turn. His statement indicated that India would call for a delegation to the ceremony if President Ghani sent a delegation to Doha.
A six-member Afghan delegation flew to Doha on Thursday to discuss the release of 5,000 Taliban fighters detained by the Afghan government. The issue is already part of the draft peace deal and Kabul is likely to address it shortly after the US-Taliban pact was signed on February 29. The same six-member delegation would mean President Ghani would represent the government.