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India Mulls Options As Taliban Talks Begin In Doha

President Donald Trump’s Special Representative for Afghanistan Zalmay Khalilzad is expected to reach New Delhi on Tuesday to brief India on the on-going peace talks between the Afghan government and the Taliban in Doha.

The intra-Afghan talks if successful in bringing peace to a country ravaged by civil war will be a game-changer for the region. It will be a long and tortuous process. India may find itself supporting the wrong side as the Pakistan-backed Taliban will fight for the largest piece of the political pie. Power sharing between the different Afghan factions is the key to the success or failure of the Doha process.

Successive Indian governments ( both Congress and BJP) had since the ouster of Taliban by US and NATO forces in 2001, steadfastly supported the democratically elected leaders of Afghanistan, whether it was Hamid Karzai in the past or Ashraf Ghani now.

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