India media reports state Delhi confirmed it would participate in a six-nation meeting on the peace process in Afghanistan scheduled to take place in Moscow next week.
Reports state the initiative, prompted by Moscow, had however led to Gen. John Nicholson, the commander of the US Forces in Afghanistan, stating that Russia and Iran were supporting the Taliban in Afghanistan.
In addition to India, Russia has reportedly invited Iran, Pakistan, China and Afghanistan to the meeting.
“We are happy to accept the invitation of Russia for consultations to be held in Moscow on Afghanistan on February 15. We look forward to the valuable opportunity to discuss with other regional countries all aspects of the situation in Afghanistan,” the Deccan Herald quoted Vikas Swarup, spokesperson of the Ministry of External Affairs as saying.
On Thursday, Nicholson told the U.S’s Armed Services Committee that Russia and Iran were supporting the Taliban.
He told the panel that Russia had worked to “publicly legitimise” the Taliban. He also said Iran was directly involved in providing support to the Taliban in western Afghanistan.
A similar meeting was held in Moscow last month – without Afghanistan’s participation.