Biden assures India on Afghanistan, stresses on Washington's concern for Kabul

U.S. Vice President Joe Biden sought to ease Indian concern about a possible political settlement with the Afghan Taliban, saying the insurgents would have to give up ties with al Qaeda permanently, stop the violence, and accept the Afghan constitution that guarantees equal treatment to women. In a wide-ranging speech at Bombay Stock Exchange, Biden stressed the stand of United States on the Afghanistan issue. Further Biden said that Washington would still be concerned about Kabul, even after the withdrawal of the combat troops from the region.