On Tuesday, Zalmay Khalilzad, the US Special Representative on Afghanistan Reconciliation Ambassador visited India and called on EAM in the presence of NSA and Foreign Secretary. Earlier, Khalilzad had visited India on a similar mission on May 7, 2020. This was his fifth visit to India since January 2019.
Khalilzad appreciated India’s participation in the Intra-Afghan Negotiations (IAN) which were held in Doha on September 12. He briefed about the US assessment of IAN and shared their perspective on the Afghan peace process.
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Both sides discussed future steps and possible cooperation between India and the United States in taking the Afghan peace process forward. The two sides also deliberated upon how to promote regional as well as international cooperation with regard to Afghanistan.
These discussions are a reflection of the India-US strategic partnership which provides for close consultations between both the countries on bilateral, regional and international issues of mutual interest.