India and the US are on the identical web page on many points regarding the latest developments in Afghanistan together with considerations over the potential use of Afghan soil for terrorism, Exterior Affairs Minister S Jaishankar mentioned on Thursday. On the identical time, he instructed that there are elements the place the positions of the 2 international locations are usually not precisely the identical.
Jaishankar was talking on the annual management summit of the US-India Strategic Partnership Discussion board (USISPF). The exterior affairs minister additionally famous that any query on in accordance recognition to the Taliban dispensation needs to be addressed on the premise of fulfilling the commitments made by the grouping within the Doha settlement.
“I feel we’re on related pages at a precept stage on many of those points, definitely say terrorism. Using Afghan soil for terrorism is one thing each of us really feel so strongly and it was one thing which was mentioned when Prime Minister Narendra Modi met President Joe Biden,” Jaishankar mentioned.
The developments in Afghanistan figured in talks between Modi and Biden in Washington final week. “There will probably be points on which we’ll agree extra, there will probably be points on which we’ll agree much less. Our experiences in some respects are totally different from yours (the US). Now we have been victims of cross-border terrorism ourselves from that area and that has formed in some ways our view of among the neighbours of Afghanistan,” he mentioned, in an obvious reference to Pakistan.
The exterior affairs minister mentioned it’s for the US to resolve whether or not it shares that view, including that India has considerations over the developments in Afghanistan.
“I feel to some extent, we might all be justified in having ranges of concern and to some extent, I feel the jury continues to be out. Once I say ranges of concern, the commitments which have been made by the Taliban at Doha, the US is aware of it greatest. We weren’t taken into confidence on numerous elements of that,” he mentioned.
Jaishankar mentioned essentially the most pertinent questions embody whether or not Afghanistan could have an inclusive authorities and whether or not the rights of ladies, kids and minorities are going to be ensured. “Most significantly, are we going to see an Afghanistan whose soil will not be used for terrorism in opposition to different states and the remainder of the world. I feel these are the considerations and these considerations have been captured by a UN Safety Council decision in August,” he mentioned.
“After we have a look at what occurred in Afghanistan and the area, I feel these are going to have very very important penalties for all of us. And we’re so near the area. There are a set of considerations and points that stream from that,” Jaishankar mentioned. To a query on recognising the Taliban dispensation, he instructed that New Delhi would take its time and examine the scenario.
On the Quad or Quadrilateral coalition, the exterior affairs minister mentioned it has a broad agenda of cooperation together with within the Indo-Pacific area.
Requested about India’s ties with the US, he mentioned they’re at an vital juncture and that the discussions in Washington opened up many extra new potentialities.