Putting end to terror sanctuaries essential for Afghan peace: India

New Delhi: Expressing support for a constitutional order that would protect the interest of all sections of Afghan society, India on Monday emphasized that putting an end to terrorist sanctuaries and safe havens is essential for durable peace in Afghanistan.
India participated in a meeting of regional partners on Afghanistan -‘Strengthening Consensus for Peace’, according to a Ministry of External Affairs’ statement, Joint Secretary (PAI) JP Singh represented India during the meet.
The meeting was chaired by President of Afghanistan, Mohammad Ashraf Ghani.
20 Countries and international organisations including United Nations participated in the meeting.
“India expressed support for a constitutional order in Afghanistan, which would protect the interest of all sections of Afghan society, including women, children and minorities,” the ministry said.
“India highlighted the fact that in order to achieve durable peace in Afghanistan, putting an end to terrorist sanctuaries and safe havens is an essential pre-requisite,” it added.
Issues concerning Afghan peace and reconciliation process and support of the regional partners to an independent, unified, democratic and sovereign Afghanistan were discussed.
India, one of the largest development partners of Afghanistan, with commitment of more than US $ 3 billion, reiterated the importance of an inclusive, Afghan led, Afghan – owned, Afghan, controlled peace and reconciliation process.
President Ashraf Ghani thanked Prime Minister Narendra Modi for extending COVID-19 assistance to Afghanistan and for hosting SAARC leaders’ meeting for coordinated efforts in the region.