Abdullah Abdullah, the head of the High Council of National Reconciliation, led a delegation that left Kabul on Tuesday for a four-day official trip to New Delhi to meet Indian leaders and discuss the Afghan peace process.
Before departing for India, Abdullah said that he will meet top Indian officials, including Prime Minister Narendra Modi about the peace process.
“India is a strategic partner of Afghanistan and has continuously supported the government and the people of Afghanistan,” Abdullah said on social media, adding that “Our historical relations with India are very important to us.”
This is Abdullah’s first visit to New Delhi as the reconciliation council chairman.
In September, a delegation from India went to Doha for the inauguration ceremony of Afghanistan’s peace negotiations.
India’s External Affairs Minister Subrahmanyam Jaishankar delivered his remarks virtually at the ceremony, saying: "Our friendship with Afghanistan is strong and unshaken, we have always been good neighbors and will always be so. Our expectation is that the soil of Afghanistan should never be used for any anti-India activities."
"The interests of the minorities, women and vulnerable must be ensured," he asserted.
Last week, Abdullah also visited Pakistan and discussed the Afghan peace process with Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan, Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi and other Pakistani officials.