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Rabbani in India for Afghan reconciliation process

Burhanudin Rabbani is heading a 15-member delegation, will hold talks with External Affairs Minister SM Krishna.

New Delhi: Burhanudin Rabbani, head of Afghanistan government`s peace council negotiating with Taliban, is arriving here on Thursday on a two-day visit during which New Delhi is likely to get a first hand update on the reintegration and reconciliation process there.

Apart from calling on Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, Rabbani, who is heading a 15-member delegation, will hold talks with External Affairs Minister SM Krishna.

"On the invitation of the External Affairs Minister, a delegation of the High Peace Council of Afghanistan led by Burhanudin Rabbani, Chairman of the High Peace Council and former President of Afghanistan, will be visiting India from July 14-15, 2011," a ministry release said here.

The High Peace Council was established by the Afghan Government in September 2010 to facilitate the peace process in that country.

During the meetings, India, which is concerned at some aspects of reconciliation with the Taliban, is expected to reiterate 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.

The visit, which is seen as yet another move by India to step-up its engagement with Afghanistan, is expected to provide government here with an opportunity to get a clear
picture on the Afghan peace process as it is being undertaken.


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