US says it will consult India in Afghan peace process

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The United States has said that it will consult India as the Afghan peace process goes forward even as it called for ‘inclusive and legitimate process’ that preserves the gains made in the last 18 years.

A statement issued by the American embassy in New Delhi on US special envoy Zalmay Khalilzad’s two-day India visit, said, “Ambassador Khalilzad and his counterparts also discussed that Afghanistan’s political future is for Afghans to decide through an inclusive and legitimate process.”

During his visit, which is his second to New Delhi in 2019, Khalilzad met External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj, National Security Advisor Ajit Doval, Foreign Secretary Vijay Gokhale and India’s Ambassador to Afghanistan Vinay Kumar.

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