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External Affairs Ministry says, India supports all peace initiatives in Afghanistan

Updated: June 25, 2021 4:36 pm

External Affairs Ministry today said, India supports all peace initiatives in Afghanistan and has a long term commitment towards development and reconstruction of Afghanistan. Briefing media in New Delhi, Ministry spokesperson Arindam Bagchi said, India remains in touch with various stakeholders including regional countries.

On Pakistan Foreign Minister’s comments on India’s role in Afghanistan, Mr Bagchi said, India firmly believes that it is for the Afghan people to decide their partners, and the size of that partnership. He said, India has brought electricity, dams, schools, health clinics, roads and community projects to Afghanistan but the world knows what Pakistan has brought to Afghanistan.

The spokesperson added that India desires normal relations with all neighbours including Pakistan. He said, Pakistan must work towards creating a conducive atmosphere, including by taking credible, verifiable and irreversible action to not allow any territory under its control to be used for cross-border terrorism against India in any manner.

Replying to a query on China, Mr Bagchi said it is well recognized that Chinese actions over the last year have seriously disturbed peace and tranquility in the border areas. Briefing media this evening, Ministry spokesperson Arindam Bagchi said these acts are in violation of bilateral agreements, including the 1993 and 1996 agreements that mandate that the two sides shall strictly respect and observe the Line of Actual Control and that two sides will keep their military forces in the areas along the Line of Actual Control to a minimum level.

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