India has played responsible role in Afghanistan's economic development

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"Obviously there is no comparison between North and South Korea and the Afghanistan situation. And that role has been appreciated by the government of Afghanistan", senior USA diplomat for South and Central Asia, Alice Wells, told a Washington audience. She said, the insurgents and the Afghan need to engage in a conversation with one another as well as with other interested parties to the settlement. "We've gone much further and underscored the importance and the centrality of this issue to our ability to expand relations with Pakistan", Wells said.

In the absence of a full-fledged Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asia, she is now the State Department's point person for South and Central Asia.

In other developments, the Taliban launched a deadly assault overnight on an army outpost in a remote region of northern Takhar province, killing six soldiers and wounding five, Defense Ministry spokesman Dawlat Waziri said.

Pakistan, she said, has an important role to play in a peace process, and in stabilising Afghanistan.

The global community's efforts, those supporting the terrorists affecting Afghanistan have not been deterred.

"The Afghan Government's willingness for peace is despite the fact that armed groups have identified themselves and demonstrated to all of us that they are the irreconcilables", India's Permanent Representative to the United Nations Syed Akbaruddin told the UN Security Council during an open debate on Afghanistan.

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"It's time for this conflict to end".

Akbaruddin said that despite the worldwide community's efforts, those supporting the terrorists affecting Afghanistan have not been deterred. "It's the Taliban who are the stumbling block to peace", Wells said.

Afghan President Ashraf Ghani at an global conference in Kabul last week unveiled a plan to open talks with the Taliban, including eventually recognising them as a political party.

Earlier, the Government of Afghanistan had called on the Taliban to take part in the "peace process" in order to save the country.

Wells said when it comes to the United States, its conditions based South Asia strategy ensures the Taliban can not win on the battlefield, but it recognises that a resolution to the conflict will be through a negotiated political settlement.

At the same time, the United States has stepped up battlefield pressure, notably through air strikes on the Taliban as Afghanistan's global partners have sought to build up diplomatic support from neighboring countries to push the movement to the negotiating table.

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