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US-Taliban peace deal: Countdown begins as India, 30 other countries invited to witness landmark signing

Besides India, thirty other countries have been sent invites for witnessing the signing of the landmark peace deal between the US and the Afghan Taliban in Doha, Qatar on Saturday.

NATO member countries, as well as members of the Gulf Corporation Council (GCC), are amongst the 30 invited countries to witness the agreement signing event. “Once the deal is officially signed it will be fulfilling President Donald Trump’s 2016 election promise of withdrawing troops from Afghanistan” said sources. It is estimated that over the last 19 years, the US has lost more than 2,400 soldiers in Afghanistan.

From India, ambassador P Kumaran will attend the ceremony on Saturday. Though India has been a major stakeholder in the neighbouring country, in its peace and the reconciliation process, this will be the first time that it will be officially present in an event where the Taliban is going to be present.

However, as has been reported earlier, in 2018, India had sent two former diplomats in “non-official” capacity to participate in a conference related to Afghanistan peace process in Moscow. Countries including the US, Russia, Iran have been making efforts to push for a peace accord.

US-Taliban peace talks: India’s position
New Delhi has been pushing for a peace and reconciliation process which is Afghan-led, Afghan-owned and Afghan controlled.

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