US-Taleban peace talks worry India

Delhi frets over role of militants known to have links to Pakistan

Former Taleban militants surrender their weapons during a reconciliation ceremony in Herat, Afghanistan, on Feb 6, 2019.
Former Taleban militants surrender their weapons during a reconciliation ceremony in Herat, Afghanistan, on Feb 6, 2019. PHOTO: EPA-EFE

Ongoing peace talks between the United States and Afghan Taleban militants could put India's economic and security interests at risk, particularly with the Taleban taking centre stage in them, some Indian analysts believe.

The Taleban is known to have links to India's regional rival Pakistan. The militants are also shunning the Afghan government in the talks. India has built good relations with the current and former governments, leaving it to revive relationships with other groups in Afghanistan.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on February 07, 2019, with the headline 'US-Taleban peace talks worry India'. Subscribe