Afghan President Ashraf Ghani and his rival Abdullah Abdullah signed a power-sharing agreement on Sunday after political disagreements persisted in the months sparked by last year’s disputed presidential election.
India said on Sunday that it hopes the agreement between Afghan President Ashraf Ghani and his rival, Abdullah Abdullah, will result in renewed efforts for peace in the war-torn country and an end to externally sponsored terror.
Calling for an immediate ceasefire to strengthen the Afghan peace process, the Foreign Ministry statement expressed deep concern over the escalation of violence and terrorism in Afghanistan.
Ghani and Abdullah signed a power-sharing agreement on Sunday after months of controversial presidential elections sparked political controversy for months. The final result of the election was only announced in February, and both leaders said they would win.
The Foreign Ministry statement welcomed the political agreement reached in Kabul and stated: “India hopes that the establishment of a political agreement and a Supreme Council for National Reconciliation will result in renewed efforts to build lasting peace and stability and end externalism. sponsored terrorism and violence. ”
India added, “it has consistently supported inclusive governance, national unity, strong institutions, constitutional order, the rights of all sections of society and the territorial integrity of Afghanistan.”
He added: “The continuing and increased violence and terror in Afghanistan is a matter of deep concern. India calls for an immediate ceasefire and the help of the Afghan people to address the humanitarian situation stemming from Covid-19. ”
The Indian government is watching with growing concern both the spike in violence in Afghanistan and the role of Pakistan in U.S. efforts to implement the agreement with the Taliban. These concerns were passed on to the U.S. Special Envoy for Reconstruction in Afghanistan, Zalmay Khalilzad, when he recently visited New Delhi.
Khalilzad has called on India to contact the Taliban, although those familiar with the developments say the government has yet to decide on the issue.
According to the final results of the Afghan elections announced in February. The election committee declared Ghanit chairman after winning a slightly higher turnout than Abdullah.
Abdullah will now lead the General Counsel for National Reconciliation with the executive, and his team has a 50% stake in the cabinet.