India, Afghanistan and the United States held their trilateral dialogue in Kabul on Tuesday to discuss the developments in the war-torn nation and how they could cooperate for the betterment of the people of the country.
The meeting took place ahead of the 2nd international ‘Kabul Process’ meeting being attended by a large number of countries.
The delegates of the three countries shared updates and discussed steps forward in the areas of energy cooperation, trade and economic cooperation, institutional linkages and refugees, it is understood.
The Indian delegation was led by Deepak Mittal, Joint Secretary in-charge of Afghanistan in the External Affairs Ministry. Deputy Foreign Minister of Afghanistan Hekmat Khalil Karzai led his country’s delegation while the US side was headed by Alice G. Wells, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for South and Central Asian Affairs.
Karzai thanked both India and the US as important partners appreciating their contribution in the areas important to Afghanistan and the region. Both the Indian and the American representatives welcomed and congratulated initiatives taken by Afghanistan in important development areas and reiterating their full support to the country.
The three sides shared updates and discussed specific activities towards achieving the set goals. They decided to hold their next meeting in New York in September on the margins of the UN General Assembly.
The Afghan minister separately meet Foreign Secretary Vijay Gokhale, who was in Kabul to represent India at the global meet on Afghanistan.
The two sides discussed a wide range of issue, including those of mutual interest and common concerns, as well as bilateral arrangements.
Gokhale conveyed to the Afghan side India’s commitment to ensuring a stable, united and peaceful Afghanistan.