DELHI, India – Chairman of the High Council for National Reconciliation Abdullah Abdullah arrived in New Delhi Tuesday afternoon, where he is due to meet the Prime Minister Narendra Modi to “exchange views on Afghan Peace Process, including bilateral relations”.
He will meet India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Foreign Minister Subrahmanyam Jaishankar, and National Security Advisor Ajit Doval in New Delhi.
Abdullah will exchange views with the leadership of the Republic of India on peace talks in Doha, regional support for the process, and overall bilateral relations between the two countries.
“India is a strategic partner of AFG, & has continuously supported the government & people of AFG,” Abudullah said in a tweet prior to his departure from Afghanistan Tuesday. “Our historical relations with India is very important to us, & the role of India in establishing a lasting peace in AFG & the region is vital.”
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KABUL, Afghanistan – Chairman of the High Council for National Reconciliation Abdullah Abdullah is due to travel to India on October 6, according to sources, after he has wrapped a three-day visit to Islamabad Thursday.
This would be his first visit to Delhi on his position as HCNR chairman, representing the Afghan government in talks with the Taliban, which started in September in Doha.
Abdullah is expected to meet top leadership of India to seek support for the intra-Afghan talks, which India always maintained should have been “Afghan-led” and “Afghan-owned”.
During the inaugural ceremony of intra-Afghan talks on September 12 in Doha, the Indian delegation said, “Our friendship with Afghanistan is strong and unshaken, we have always been good neighbours and will always be so,” as local media quoted. “Our expectation is that the soil of Afghanistan should never be used for any anti-India activities.”