India to seek assurance on ‘redlines’ in Afghanistan

In his meeting with British PM David Cameron Tuesday, Manmohan Singh will seek re-assurance on the "redlines" of peace process in Afghanistan.

India has been wary since Cameron hosted Pakistan President Asif Ali Zardari and Afghanistan's Hamid Karzai for a third trilateral meeting in early February. India wants the Afghan reconciliation process to take place within the "red lines" agreed upon at the 2010 London 2010 conference — that talks with Taliban will be held only if it renounces violence and agrees to abide by the Afghan constitution — but fears that some western interlocutors might be willing to "blur" the redlines.

India's unhappiness at being kept out of the loop on the meeting, in fact, had prompted UK National Security Advisor to call and brief NSA Shivshankar Menon. Indian envoy to UK Jaimini Bhagwati confirmed the call and added that Foreign Secretary William Hague had also spoken with Foreign Minister Salman Khurshid about the meeting.

Meanwhile, in a meeting in New Delhi Tuesday, India will share notes with Afghan deputy foreign minister Jawed Ludin and US Assistant Secretary for South and Central Asian Affairs Robert Blake.

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