• publish: 22 August 2019
  • time: 12:48 pm
  • category: Politics
  • No: 9903

India should be ‘extremely worried’ about a possible US-Pakistan deal on Afghanistan

The former Afghan President Hamid Karzai has said India should be ‘extremely worried’ about a possible deal between the United States and Pakistan on Afghanistan.

Karzai who visited India to meet the Indian leaders including Prime Minister Narendra, told The Hindu that he conveyed the “fears for Afghanistan” if there was a deal that involved Pakistan.

Speaking with The Hindu during an exclusive interview, Karzai said “We Afghans have suffered massively the consequences of American-Pakistani deals.”

Karzai further added “Now too, this is very likely, and this is our fear and concern. We have been clear with Ambassador Khalilzad that we will fully back negotiations for peace in Afghanistan, but we draw a clear distinction between peace in Afghanistan and U.S.-Pakistani deals in Afghanistan.”

He also added that India, which had suffered similar consequences “should be extremely worried”.

This comes as the U.S. envoy for Afghan peace Ambassador Zalmay Khalilzad is in Doha for the launch of the 9th round of peace talks with the Taliban leaders.

Ahead of his departure to Doha, Ambassador Khalilzad said the United States is ready to conclude an agreement provided that the Taliban leaders are prepared as well.

Counter-terrorism assurances, ceasefire, intra-Afghan dialogue and U.S. troops withdrawal are among the 4 key topics the two sides have held extensive talks for the past several months.

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