Former Indian Ambassador to Iran, Egypt and Italy, Akbar Mirza Khaleeli has said that India should not get involved in some military pacification or balance of military power in Afghanistan although the country has some interests there.

Replying to queries from reporters after making a presentation on “Afghanistan, Iran, India and The Region' at the Administrative Staff College of India (ASCI) here on Thursday, he said: We should not regard it as a military problem.

Internal problems

Afghanistan has its own internal problems and foreign presence would only aggravate tension between Afghan people. He said it was time people stop regarding military activities as assistance and aid to people who have suffered enough of fighting. “Let us think of other ways of helping them and India has that ability to do”. Americans have their interests and “we hope they will withdraw in due course” he said.

Earlier in his talk, Mr. Khaleeli, who was also High Commissioner to Australia, said India should have a steady policy and take a long view on Afghanistan. He said that India's ties with Iran were civilisational and the aim of having good ties with the United States should not affect relations with other countries.

Having good ties with the US should not affect relations with other countries: Akbar Mirza Khaleeli