Building Peace and Connectivity through Research and Dialogue

Afghanistan-India Relations: Delhi’s role in the Afghan Peace Process

In a Track 2 dialogue, hosted by Heart of Asia Society & VIF india , participants examined the two countries’ bilateral relations & acknowledged the absence of #India in the Afghan Peace Process. Members called for India’s greater engagement in the regional diplomacy & the peace process.

 

Participants deplored the recent spike in fighting and violence, shared concerns on Taliban’s military push & asked for support to the Afghan army.

 

The recent mobilization of Afghans from #Herat to #Kabul to Khost to Jalalabad is inspiring & shows unity among the Afghan people. The international community should hear these voices that are against war and demand peace.

 

US-Taliban deal didn’t result in peace for the Afghan people & the peace process granted #Taliban legitimacy. However, Taliban objective of military takeover should not garner any legitimacy from regional-int’l partners & Taliban ambitions must be made clear & openly discussed.

 

The recent calls from the Afghan people, Afghan leaders & international partners demand that Taliban’s current posture & recent increase in attacks be examined, and pressure brought to bear for a political settlement.

 

Regional consensus is critical & must be constructive for peace in #Afghanistan & the region. Participants recognized the challenge of mobilizing the region to come together & emphasized that further insecurity and instability in Afghanistan is not in the interest of anyone.

 

While each country in the region might have their own interests & line of communication with Taliban, it’s a shared interest to prevent further instability. This is not about one group as a threat, but rather tackling roots of extremist ideology.

 

To defeat terrorism, leaders of the region & international partners must work together. Working together for a shared & prosperous region in the interest of ordinary people, must remain the main interest & priority. We are bound to face the consequences collectively.

 

Participants warned that there is greater awareness & understanding among the people on these issues & that the public will demand real & genuine efforts by the region & international partners. Time to act is now.