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India, US on same page on many issues relating to Afghanistan: Jaishankar

India was not taken into confidence on numerous facets of the Doha deal struck between the US and the Taliban final 12 months, Exterior Affairs Minister S Jaishankar mentioned on Thursday.

On the similar time, Jaishankar mentioned India and the US are on the identical web page on many points referring to the current developments in Afghanistan together with apprehensions concerning the potential use of Afghan soil for terrorism.

Talking just about on the annual management summit of the US-India Strategic Partnership Discussion board (USISPF), he additionally instructed that there are some facets referring to the Afghan disaster the place the positions of the 2 international locations aren’t precisely the identical.

“I believe to a point, we’d all be justified in having ranges of concern and to a point, I believe the jury continues to be out. Once I say ranges of concern, the commitments which had been made by the Taliban at Doha, the US is aware of it greatest. We weren’t taken into confidence on numerous facets of that,” he mentioned.

The deal was signed between the US and the Taliban in Doha in February final 12 months during which the US promised to withdraw its troops from Afghanistan whereas the Taliban dedicated to a number of situations together with ending violence.

The exterior affairs minister additionally famous that any query on in accordance recognition to the Taliban dispensation must be based mostly on fulfilling of the commitments made by the group within the Doha settlement.

“I believe we’re on related pages at a precept degree on many of those points, actually say terrorism. Using Afghan soil for terrorism is one thing each of us really feel so strongly and it was one thing which was mentioned when Prime Minister Narendra Modi met President Joe Biden,” he mentioned when requested concerning the place of the US and India in the direction of the Afghan disaster.

The developments in Afghanistan figured in talks between Modi and Biden in Washington final week.

“There shall be points on which we’ll agree extra, there shall be points on which we’ll agree much less. Our experiences in some respects are completely different from yours (the US). Now we have been victims of cross-border terrorism ourselves from that area and that has formed in some ways our view of among the neighbours of Afghanistan,” he mentioned, in an obvious reference to Pakistan.

The exterior affairs minister mentioned it’s for the US to determine whether or not it shares that view, including that India has considerations over the developments in Afghanistan.

Jaishankar mentioned essentially the most pertinent questions referring to Afghanistan are whether or not it can have an inclusive authorities and whether or not the rights of ladies, youngsters and minorities are going to be ensured.

“Most significantly, are we going to see an Afghanistan whose soil is just not used for terrorism in opposition to different states and the remainder of the world. I believe these are the considerations and these considerations had been captured by a UN Safety Council decision in August,” he mentioned.

“Once we take a look at what occurred in Afghanistan and the area, I believe these are going to have very very vital penalties for all of us. And we’re so near the area. There are a set of considerations and points that circulate from that,” Jaishankar mentioned.

To a query on recognising the Taliban dispensation, he instructed that New Delhi would take its time and examine the state of affairs.

On the Quad or Quadrilateral coalition, the exterior affairs minister mentioned it has a broad agenda of cooperation together with within the Indo-Pacific area. He mentioned Quad shouldn’t be seen as “some type of ganging up” in opposition to China.

Requested about India’s ties with the US, he mentioned they’re at an vital juncture and that the discussions in Washington opened up many extra new potentialities.

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