Baghdad: India has cautioned Afghanistan over peace talks with the Taliban, saying the new initiative should not violate the ‘red lines’ drawn up by the international community.
"We have from time to time reminded all stakeholders about the red lines drawn by the world community and that is should certainly not be touched by the participants, should not be erased and should not be violated," External Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid told reporters.
Khurshid's comments came a day after the Afghan Taliban announced the opening of its political office in Qatari capital Doha and expressed willingness to hold peace talks with Afghan President Hamid Karzai's government and other stakeholders.
"The talks are (being held) between the high peace council and the chosen representatives of Taliban. Of course, the US had its role in encouraging this, perhaps even in precipitating this," said Khurshid, who is in Baghdad on a two-day official visit.
"But ultimately it's between the sovereign government of Afghanistan and its citizens who happens to pursue the ideology of the Taliban," he said.


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