India non-committal on talks with Taliban
Traditional ties with Afghanistan will continue to guide our policy, says govt.
- India will “continue to be guided” by its friendship with the Afghan people, remaining non-committal on renewed questions of whether it would open direct talks with the Taliban.
- We have our own perspectives on Afghanistan, and our traditional and neighbourly ties with the people of Afghanistan will continue to guide our Afghanistan policy.
- External Affairs Ministry officials declined to comment on whether India would change its long-held position of dealing only with the elected government in Kabul, while considering the Taliban a terrorist organisation backed by Pakistan.
There is no doubt more pressure to engage with the Taliban, but India has always dealt only with the authority in power, and talks with the Taliban would be premature at this point.