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It’s for Afghanistan people to judge each of their partners based on past actions: India

By The Print

India on Thursday said its vision for Afghanistan is driven by an approach of pro-development and pro-democracy and that it is for the Afghan people to judge each of their partners on the basis of past actions.

The response by the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) came when asked whether India is concerned over the prospect of Pakistan’s greater involvement in Afghanistan, particularly in the backdrop of Turkey seeking assistance from Pakistani agencies to provided security at the Kabul airport.

Turkey has offered to provide security cover at the airport after the withdrawal of the US forces from Afghanistan.

“Our position regarding the Afghan peace process is well known, and I need not repeat it. As regards your specific question, we can only speak for ourselves,” Bagchi said.

“India has been pro-development, pro-democracy, pro-human rights and pro-progress. It is for the people of Afghanistan to judge each of their partners on how actions by these partners have affected the Afghan people,” he said.

The MEA spokesperson also said that US Special Representative for Afghanistan Reconciliation Zalmay Khalilzad briefed External Affairs Minister (EAM) S Jaishankar brief on the recent developments in Afghanistan at a meeting in Doha on Tuesday.

Jaishankar visited Kuwait and Kenya recently during which he transited through Qatar.

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