Amid efforts for peace and reconciliation in Afghanistan, India on Thursday made it clear to major global powers that all initiatives and processes for peace in the war-torn nation must include all sections of the Afghan society, including the legitimately elected government.

“Any process should respect the constitutional legacy and political mandate and should not lead to any ungoverned spaces where terrorist and their proxies can relocate,” External Affairs Ministry spokesperson Raveesh Kumar said at a media briefing.

His remarks came days after Pakistan joined the US, Russia and China for peace talks with the Taliban while India was kept out of the meet.

The spokesperson said India has supported a national peace and reconciliation process which was Afghan-led, Afghan-owned and Afghan controlled. This has been communicated to all partners of India and New Delhi was quite confident that its points of view would be part of any peace and reconciliation process in Afghanistan, he added.

As a close neighbour and an important stake-holder in Afghanistan, he said India was closely following the developments related to the reconciliation efforts in Afghanistan. The US was briefing India on the peace talks from time to time. India was also in regular consultations with other active players like Russia, Iran, Saudi Arabia, and China on the issue.

The spokesperson said India would, on Friday, exchange views on the Afghan issue with the Special Representative from Germany, responsible for the intra-Afghan dialogue.