India on August 31, 2021, announced its first formal assembly with the Taliban. The assembly occurred following a request by the Taliban leaders who’ve taken control over war-torn Afghanistan.
India’s ambassador to Qatar Deepak Mittal held talks with Sher Mohammad Abbas Stanekzai, the top of Taliban’s political workplace on the Indian embassy in Doha, Qatar’s capital over the secure return of Indian nationals and stopping anti-India terror actions on Afghan soil. The assembly reportedly lasted for over an hour.
That is the first time India has formally admitted to having made diplomatic contact with the Taliban. There have been stories of comparable conferences between Indian officers with the Taliban leaders on a couple of events earlier as nicely however they weren’t introduced or confirmed.
What has the Taliban promised India?
The Taliban chief reportedly assured the Indian envoy that the Taliban will tackle all 3 main considerations raised by India:
–Safety and return of Indian nationals
–Protected passage for Afghan nationals wishing to return to India
–Stopping Pakistan-based terror teams from finishing up anti-India actions utilizing Afghan territory
India’s official statement on Meeting in Doha
The Indian authorities launched a press release instantly after the assembly on August thirty first, confirming that the Indian Ambassador to Qatar, Deepak Mittal, met Sher Mohammad Abbas Stanekzai, the top of Taliban’s Political Workplace in Doha on the request of the Taliban facet.
The discussions had been centered on security, safety and early return of Indian nationals stranded in Afghanistan and the journey of Afghan nationals, particularly minorities, who want to go to to India additionally got here up.
The Indian Ambassador raised India’s concern that Afghanistan’s soil shouldn’t be used for anti-Indian actions and terrorism in any method. The Taliban chief assured India that these points can be positively addressed.
The assembly got here inside 24 hours of the departure of the final US soldier from Afghanistan, formally ending America’s longest conflict in Afghanistan.
Who is the Taliban Leader who met the Indian Ambassador?
•Sher Mohammad Abbas Stanekzai, the Taliban chief who met the Indian Ambassador to Doha had trained with the Indian Military between 1979-1982. He had skilled for 3 years as a jawan within the Army Cadet School, Nowgaon after which as an officer at Indian Army Academy, Dehradun.
•He’s a key diplomat and one of many seven individuals who take selections within the rebel group that just lately took over Afghanistan. He’s the senior-most Taliban chief to achieve out to India after the Taliban takeover of Kabul.
•He is among the uncommon Taliban leaders who’s nicely versed within the English language and likewise well-traveled. He had served as Afghanistan’s Deputy International Minister the final time the Taliban had gained control over the nation.
•He had led a failed delegation to Washington DC in 1996 to persuade President Invoice Clinton’s administration to acknowledge the Taliban authorities. He had additionally led delegations to China again then.
•He was additionally Taliban’s deputy negotiator within the talks held with the officers of the previous Ashraf Ghani-led Afghanistan authorities.
India following wait and watch approach with Taliban?
The assembly doesn’t imply recognition of the Taliban authorities in Afghanistan by India. India remains to be taking a wait-and-watch method.
The assembly reportedly follows an `outreach’ by the Taliban chief himself final week. The Taliban reportedly sees India as a necessary nation and needs to have higher commerce, political and cultural ties with it.
Stanekzai heads the Taliban’s political workplace in Doha. He has reportedly been having frequent conferences with heads of overseas missions in Doha.
India in conferences with the US and different “like-minded’’ international locations, agreed that it is very important stay engaged with Afghanistan to make sure the Taliban authorities in Kabul is inclusive and one which protects ladies, minorities and youngsters.
Under India’s Presidency, the UN Safety Council (UNSC) adopted a robust decision demanding that the Afghanistan territory not be used to threaten any nation or shelter terrorists. The UNSC decision expects the Taliban to stick to its commitments relating to secure and orderly departure of all overseas nationals from the nation.
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi had directed the formation of a high-level group comprising NSA Ajit Doval, overseas minister S Jaishankar and different senior officers to watch the bottom scenario in Afghanistan. The high-level group will concentrate on the rapid priorities of India in Afghanistan together with secure evacuation of stranded Indians within the nation.
This got here after america pulled out its final troops from the nation on August 31, 2021. India has been intently monitoring the scenario within the nation. Taliban spokesperson Zahebullah Mujahid had on August 30, 2021, knowledgeable that Afghan Hindus and Sikhs are allowed to journey to India if they’ve all of the legitimate journey paperwork.