On the contrary amid efforts by the US and Russia to reach out to the Taliban for a reconciliation process in Afghanistan, the country wants India to be on board for all peace efforts and also “do more” on its own, detached from other countries. This was stated by none other than former President and friend of India Ahamid Kazai speaking at the Raisina Dialogue. Karzai also asserted Pakistan has the “most significant role” to play in bringing peace in Afghanistan. The former President said India and Afghanistan share an “amazing and romantic relationship” which raises expectations to an “unrealistic level”. “We want India to do a lot more in Afghanistan, do things entirely on its own, detached from all other countries. We have had one of the best relationships, and for that reason, expectations are high. So, we want India to be on board all the peace processes that seek to bring stability, institution-building and development in Afghanistan, he said. India has been one of the greatest contributors to Afghanistan and has already built Parliament, power lines, dams and roads and extended thousands of scholarships. He was critical of US President Donald Trump’s recent remarks mocking New Delhi’s role in Afghanistan, Karzai said it was “hyped” by the media and he down played it. Trump recently took a jibe at Prime Minister Narendra Modi for funding a “library” in Afghanistan, saying it is of no use in the war-torn country. Major powers such as the US and Russia have been reaching out to the Taliban as part of efforts to push the stalled Afghan peace process. But peace process means it has to be totally and fundamentally based on intra-Afghan dialogue, seen clearly by all Afghan people, and the one that enjoys support of neighbours. Afghanistan differentiates between peace and a deal between the US and Pakistan on Afghanistan, he said”. We want a peace process in which, we have the US, India, Russia and China and Iran,” Karzai added. On the “Afghan-owned and Afghan-led” peace process, he said, he meant a peace process in which the Taliban movement and other Afghans sit together in an intra-Afghan dialogue and “sort out the difficulties within our own country”.
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