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Afghanistan doesn’t want conflict with any country, including India: Muttaqi

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Islamabad: Afghanistan does not want conflict with any country, including India, the war-torn country’s Taliban-led interim government’s acting Foreign Minister Amir Khan Muttaqi has said.

Muttaqi made the comments while talking to BBC Urdu, which was also his first-ever interview with a female journalist, who asked him about Afghanistan relations with New Delhi under the Taliban government.

“We do not want Afghanistan to have a conflict with any other country or to have challenges that could affect our nation. Therefore, we will continue to work on this issue,” he said.

When asked whether there was a reaction from China or Pakistan on Afghanistan having close ties with India, instead of a direct answer, Muttaqi referred to recent meetings in Moscow.

“When we participated in the Moscow conference, the representatives of India, Pakistan and several other countries were also present. We had a positive conversation and will hopefully not oppose any country,” he said.

His interview comes days after National Security Advisor Ajit Doval chaired an eight-nation dialogue on Afghanistan in New Delhi which was attended by officials from Iran, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyz Republic, Russia, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan.

At the dialogue on Thursday, the participating countries vowed to work towards ensuring that Afghanistan does not become a “safe haven for global terrorism” and called for the formation of an “open and truly inclusive” government in Kabul.

A declaration released at the end of the dialogue said “Afghan territory should not be used for sheltering, training, planning or financing any terrorist acts and that officials lent strong support for a peaceful, secure and stable Afghanistan”.

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