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EXCLUSIVE: Ball is now in the Taliban court for peace talks, says Afghan President's spokesperson Sediq Sediqqi

DNA Tuesday, 11 August 2020
Speaking exclusively to our Principal Diplomatic Correspondent Sidhant Sibal from Kabul, Sediqqi welcomed India's role and said New Delhi "has played an important role in the country's democracy" and lauded it for having a "very principled policy" towards Afghanistan of standing with the "legitimate government of the people".
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Taliban Taliban Islamic fundamentalist political movement in Afghanistan

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Kabul Kabul Metropolis and municipality in Afghanistan

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New Delhi New Delhi Capital of India

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As the novel coronavirus spreads around the globe more people are coming up with creative ways to avoid unnecessary touching. In a recent incident, US Ambassador to India, Kenneth Juster greeted Chief of Defence Staff General Bipin Rawat and Navy Chief Admiral Karambir Singh with elbow bumps. The incident took place after the delegation meet between representatives of both the countries in New Delhi.

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