May 07: The US Special Representative for Afghanistan Reconciliation Mr. Zalmay Khalilzad called on EAM and NSA today. He was accompanied by Senior Director in the US National Security Council, Ms. Lisa Curtis, and the US Ambassador to India, Mr. Ken Juster.
Mr. Khalilzad provided and update on the US peace and reconciliation efforts in Afghanistan. The US side recognized India’s constructive contribution in economic development, reconstruction and humanitarian assistance to Afghanistan. They laid importance to India’s crucial and continuing role in sustainable peace, security and stability in Afghanistan.
EAM and NSA reiterated India’s continued support for strengthening peace, security, unity, democratic and inclusive polity and protection of rights of all sections of the Afghan society, including Afghan Hindus and Sikhs. India is deeply concerned at the upsurge in violence and supports call for immediate ceasefire and need to assist the people of Afghanistan in dealing with coronavirus pandemic. India remains engaged in extending humanitarian food and medical supplies to Afghanistan to deal with the situation created by coronavirus. It was emphasised that putting an end to terrorist safe havens and sanctuaries is necessary for enduring and sustainable peace and stability in Afghanistan.