Afghanistan peace process must preserve gains of past 20 years, says PM Modi.


The peace process in Afghanistan must preserve the achievements of the past two decades and it must be “led, owned and controlled” by Afghans, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Friday.


Participating in a virtual bilateral summit with Uzbekistan President Shavkat Mirziyoyev, Modi also said the two countries are committed to the fight against terrorism and have a similar approach towards regional security issues.

“We agree that the restoration of peace in Afghanistan requires a process that is led, owned and controlled by Afghanistan itself. It is also necessary to preserve the achievements of the last two decades,” he said, speaking in Hindi.

India and Uzbekistan, he said, have “similar concerns about extremism, fundamentalism and separatism”. He added, “We both stand firmly together against terrorism.”

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