New Delhi: Assuring the Afghan government
of its "unstinted" support, India Thursday said it would like to see a peaceful, stable and prosperous Afghanistan in which all sections of the society can work shoulder to shoulder to secure a bright future for the country.
External Affairs Minister S M Krishna, who held talks with Burhanuddin Rabbani, the head of Afghanistan government`s
peace council negotiating with the Taliban, said the ties
between the two nations is akin to a strategic partnership.
On his part, Rabbani said the two countries enjoy
historically close and broad-based ties and India is
supporting peace and stability there.
"Our aim is to promote culture of peace to replace culture of violence," Rabbani was quoted as saying by the official spokesperson in the External Affairs Ministry.
"In your quest for progress, economic development and
social harmony, you can always count on India?s unstinted
support," Krishna said in his opening remarks at the meeting.
The High Peace Council was established by the Afghan government in September 2010 to facilitate the peace process
in that country.
During the meeting, India, which is concerned at some
aspects of reconciliation with the Taliban, is understood to
have reiterated adherence to the `red lines` while going ahead
with the peace process as outlined in the London conference
last year, including severing of ties with al-Qaeda.
Rabbani`s visit, which is seen as yet another move by
India to step up its engagement with Afghanistan, is expected
to provide India with an opportunity to get a clear picture of
the Afghan peace process as it is being undertaken.