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India & Taliban hold talks on non-official level in Moscow

November 10, 2018

For the first time ever, India held talks with the Taliban, but in a non-official capacity during a multilateral meeting in Moscow on Friday.

Russia is hosting peace talks in Afghanistan and invited many countries including India, the United States, Pakistan and China. The Taliban was also be part of the meeting.

India was represented by Amar Sinha, former India ambassador to Afghanistan, and T C A Raghavan, former Indian High Commissioner to Pakistan.

India made the move to be a part of the talks after President Vladimir Putin visited New Delhi in October for an annual bilateral summit with Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

India supports all efforts at peace and reconciliation in Afghanistan that will preserve unity and plurality, and bring security, stability and prosperity to the country. Raveesh Kumar, Indian Foreign Ministry Spokesperson

This is the first time that India was a part of talks with Taliban for peace in Afghanistan.

The talks are being called the Moscow Format and invitations had been sent to Iran, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan.

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