India starts talks with Taliban as soon as US troops leave Afghanistan

India has started formal talks with the Taliban. By the early hours of Tuesday, US troops had completely withdrawn from Afghanistan and India started talks with the Taliban at the official level only after that.

India has started formal talks with the Taliban. By the early hours of Tuesday, US troops had completely withdrawn from Afghanistan and India started talks with the Taliban at the official level only after that.

The Indian Foreign Ministry has told that India’s Ambassador to Qatar Deepak Mittal met the leaders of the Taliban in Doha on Tuesday. US Secretary of State Antony Blinton has said that the US will look into the affairs of Afghanistan from Qatar’s capital Doha and India seems to be doing the same right now.

Meeting held at the Indian Embassy in Doha

A statement issued by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of India said, “On Tuesday, Indian Ambassador Deepak Mittal met Sher Mohammad Abbas Stanakzai, the head of the Taliban’s political office in Doha, the capital of Qatar. This meeting was done at the request of the Taliban in Doha. located at the Indian Embassy.

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Taliban

According to the statement, in this meeting talks were held regarding security and early return of Indian citizens trapped in Afghanistan. The issue of Afghan residents, particularly minorities who need to come to India, likewise came up in the gathering.

India expressed concern about terrorism

Indian Ambassador Mittal also put India’s concern in front of the Taliban. India said that the land of Afghanistan should not be used for anti-India activities and terrorism in any form. The Taliban representative also assured the Indian ambassador that all concerns of India would be addressed.

The market of speculation is hot about how the relations between Taliban and India will be. But some things are becoming clear from the recent statements of both the sides. The statement of Taliban is also not very aggressive towards India and India has also not targeted Taliban directly. Looking at the statements of the Taliban, it seems that the Taliban which was between 1996 and 2001, seems to be taking a new line in 2021.

Major Taliban leader Sher Mohammad Abbas Stankzai recently described India as an important country in the region and said that the Taliban wants good relations with India. Stankzai said that we want to maintain trade, economic and political relations with India