India not to attend conference on Afghanistan with Pakistan, U.S.
www.chinaview.cn 2009-02-21 23:49:23   Print

    NEW DELHI, Feb. 21 (Xinhua) -- India will not attend a U.S.-sponsored conference on the situation in Afghanistan and Pakistan-Afghan border areas to be held in Washington next week, although the United States has invited India to attend, reported the private Indo-Asian News Service Saturday.

    India prefers to wait and watch the situation before getting involved in the domestic affairs of Afghanistan, said the report, quoting official sources.

    The meeting is expected to be attended by the U.S. special envoy for Pakistan and Afghanistan Richard Holbrooke and the foreign ministers of Pakistan and Afghanistan.

    Holbrooke visited the two countries and India this month to assess the security situation and review Washington's strategic policy toward the region.

    India, which has pledged 1.2 billion U.S. dollars of investment for reconstruction projects in Afghanistan, is opposed to the perspective of allowing the Taliban to be part of the future government in Afghanistan. Such a perspective could be raised at the meeting in Washington, according to the news agency's report.

    Indian foreign minister Pranab Mukherjee recently called the Taliban "a terrorist organization" and "a threat to humanity and civilizations".

    Both India and the United States have expressed concern over a "peace deal" between the Pakistan government and the Taliban in the Swat Valley in the northwest frontier region of Pakistan.

    The deal allows a front organization of Taliban in Pakistan to impose Islamic law, or Sharia, in the Swat Valley.

    Four Indian diplomats were killed with 36 others in a bombing attack in front of the Indian Embassy in Kabul last July. 

Editor: Mu Xuequan
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