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Sunday 26 January 2020

Trump-Taliban dialogue collapses to India’s relief, Pakistan’s chagrin

President Donald Trump said no one knew that confidential talks were to be held on Sunday in Camp David separately with Taliban representatives and the President of Afghanistan

Camp David: The peace talks between the Taliban and the US have failed at the last minute. President Donald Trump reported on Twitter the breakdown of this highly confidential dialogue on Sunday. A peace deal was to be announced after the proposed talks between President Trump and Taliban representatives in the historic city of Camp David in the US.

However, the international community gave mixed reactions to the news of breakdown of the talks. India heaved a sigh of relief. A relaxation in military action and/or withdrawal of US forces from Afghanistan would affect the interests of India. Foreign Ministry officials are keeping a close watch on every activity.

Trump cites Taliban attack in Kabul as reason

President Trump said on Twitter that no one knew that confidential talks were to be held on Sunday in Camp David separately with Taliban representatives and the President of Afghanistan. They were coming to America that night. “Unbeknownst to almost everyone, the major Taliban leaders and, separately, the President of Afghanistan, were going to secretly meet with me at Camp David on Sunday. They were coming to the United States tonight,” he tweeted.

“Unfortunately, in order to build false leverage, they admitted to an attack in Kabul that killed one of our great soldiers, and 11 other people. I immediately cancelled the meeting and called off peace negotiations. What kind of people would kill so many in order to seemingly strengthen their bargaining position?” the president wondered.

“They didn’t,” the president continued, adding that the Taliban “only made it worse! If they cannot agree to a ceasefire during these very important peace talks, and would even kill 12 innocent people, then they probably don’t have the power to negotiate a meaningful agreement anyway. How many more decades are they willing to fight?”

Setback for Pakistan

A senior Foreign Ministry official told Sirf News that Pakistan, once isolated in the international world due to peace talks between the US and the Taliban, is once again trying to prove its usefulness. But the collapse of the dialogue has paid put to its Track II diplomacy through which it was urging the US to enter this dialogue and make it succeed.

Notably, when the Taliban ruled all of Afghanistan except some northern areas, Pakistan under the later disgraced military ruler Pervez Musharraf was the only state that recognised that rogue government.

Trump wants US Army to withdraw from Afghanistan

Other than the hyperactive pro-Pakistan lobby in the US, a reason for Trump’s invitation to Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan to Washington, DC, and the American president’s subsequent statement on Kashmir was to get the monkey off his shoulders. Trump wants the withdrawal of the entire US Army from Afghanistan before the upcoming election in the US. For this, he needs Pakistan because, without their support, power cannot be handed over to the Taliban in Kabul.

Due to the usefulness of Pakistan in the American scheme of things, Indian interests are largely ignored in the Afghanistan peace talks. Now it has to be seen what policy the US administration adopts on Afghanistan after the secret peace talks collapsed.

The Ministry of External Affairs has not yet officially responded to the Trump-Taliban talks, but the Indian government has long been saying that the solution to the Afghanistan problem can be found only in consultation with the local people.

India worried about Kashmir

India is aware of the Taliban-Pakistan romance which is bound to renew when the US troops retreat, said a source. The MEA official said India is concerned that “the work we have done for the development of Afghanistan over the past 15-16 years will be wasted”. In the past, he said, when the Taliban ruled Afghanistan, they trained terrorists for insurgent activities in Jammu and Kashmir in the name of jihad.

The sources said, “Pakistan will strengthen its grip on Afghanistan with the arrival of the Taliban. In such a scenario, India’s projects worth about Rs 5,000 crore in Afghanistan might be jeopardised.”

“The return of the Taliban,” he said, “is expected to increase the rate of terror incidents in Jammu and Kashmir as a radical version of Islam that the Taliban stands for finds India an enemy territory.”

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