This week the Afghan Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MoFA) said the Afghan government would not be sending a delegation to the summit but a High Peace Council (HPC) official said they would attend the meeting in an independent capacity. Kumar also slammed the opposition parties for their remarks in this regard and questioned, "Don't know how are people concluding that India will hold talks with the Taliban. The meeting in Moscow helped move things in this direction".
Maintaining that India supports "Afghan-led" reconciliation process, the MEA spokesperson said, "India supports all efforts at peace and reconciliation in Afghanistan that will preserve unity and plurality, and bring security, stability and prosperity to the country".
The Afghan government and the Taliban both denied that the conference marked direct negotiations for peace.
A joint statement issued following the summit said that both India and Russian Federation supported the Afghan government's efforts towards the realization of an Afghan-led, and Afghan-owned national peace reconciliation process.
This is the first time that a Taliban delegation is taking part in such high-level worldwide meeting, says Russian foreign ministry spokeswoman.
Russian Federation has said that invitations for the meet has been sent out to India, Iran, China, Pakistan, the US, Afghanistan and other countries.
Russia's foreign ministry billed Friday's Afghan peace talks event in Moscow as the first direct high-level talks between the Taliban and the Afghan government, Turkey's state-run Anadolu Agency (AA) reports.
Afghanistan rivals failed to reach a breakthrough on holding direct peace negotiations after global talks in Moscow on Friday, the latest worldwide push to end the conflict.
A U.S. embassy statement said that Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asian Affairs Alice Wells visited Islamabad November 6-7 to review key items on bilateral agenda, including the upcoming Geneva Conference on Afghanistan and joint efforts to advance the Afghan peace process.
Sources said the Indian government took the decision to send former diplomats in consultation with the Afghan government. "Therefore, we won't hold negotiations with it. Kabul didn't even send a representative to this conference". The U.S. military has accused Iran, Russia, and Pakistan of backing the Taliban.
According to the Russian foreign ministry, the main issue on the agenda is the coordination of regional efforts to assist the process of national reconciliation, in the interest of restoring peace in Afghanistan. Pakistan's foreign office has confirmed Islamabad's participation in the talks.
The convention for Afghanistan-Pakistan Action Plan for Peace and Solidarity (APAPPS) had Deputy Minister of Refugees and Repatriation, Dr. Alema lead the Afghan delegation while Mr. Mohammad Aslam, Secretary SAFRON headed the Pakistan side.
The last such meeting proposed for September 4 was called off at the last moment after the Afghan government pulled out.
A U.S. government watchdog last week said Kabul's control of Afghanistan had slipped in recent months as local security forces suffered record casualties while making minimal or no progress against the Taliban.