India and Taliban Talks

India Preparing For All Afghan Scenarios?

Team SNI New Delhi 9 May 2019

The sixth round of Doha talks between the Afghan Taliban and the U.S. Special Representative Zalmay Khalilzad continues during Ramzan. The American envoy took advantage of a break on the first day of the Muslim holy month to brief India’s National Security Adviser Ajit Doval, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj and Foreign Secretary Vijay Gokhale. SNI Editor Surya Gangadharan and Associate Editor Amitabh P Revi discuss a proposal for an Indian Special Representative, whether U.S. pressure on Pakistan is actually forcing a change in course, how India should leverage its goodwill in Afghanistan, get on the negotiating table and prepare for all eventualities.

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