The group is selling a negotiated settlement with complete and everlasting ceasefire. After Russian overseas minister Sergey Lavrov’s comment final week in Tashkent that Moscow was contemplating India and Iran’s participation within the format, President Vladimir Putin’s particular envoy for Afghanistan, Zamir Kabulov, mentioned India can’t be a part of the group as a result of “it has no affect with the Taliban”.
“The format of the prolonged troika …is convened solely to facilitate the launch of the intra-Afghan talks resulting in nationwide accord. Solely international locations which have an unequivocal affect on either side (of the battle) take part,” mentioned Kabulov in Moscow on Tuesday.
Kabulov, in keeping with Russian company TASS, mentioned that India-Pakistan “contradictions” have been being “projected” on the Afghanistan scenario. “The Indians suspect the Pakistanis of striving to make use of Afghanistan as a strategic rear (sic). The Pakistanis suspect India of wanting to make use of Afghan territories to hurt Pakistan’s pursuits,” he mentioned.
Requested about Kabulov’s remarks, diplomatic sources mentioned he meant to say that the format remained unchanged as Moscow is but to take adecision on India’s participation. Reacting to media queries, the embassy mentioned that Russia’s “devoted cooperation” with India as an energetic participant in dialogue mechanisms on Afghan points and “the particular and privileged strategic accomplice is pure, trusted and forward-looking”.