India breaks silence after a whole ‘wait and watch’ strategy with the Taliban

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India has finally shown interest in opening talks with the Taliban as many Indian nationals are yet stranded in Afgan territories.

Indian ambassador to Qatar

The Indian ambassador to Qatar, Deepak Mittal, met the head of Taliban’s political office in the Gulf state, Sher Mohammad Abbas Stanekzai earlier and a press release lately from the Ministry of External Affairs, the two met at the Indian Embassy in Doha.

While the minister raised enquiries about the safety of the people in Afgan over terrorist dominance; Stanekzai assured Mittal that these issues would be positively addressed, according to the release. The release said, “Discussions focused on safety, security, and early return of Indian nationals stranded in Afghanistan. The travel of Afghan nationals, especially minorities, who wish to visit India also came up,”

India’s concern

“Ambassador Mittal raised India’s concern that Afghanistan’s soil should not be used for anti-Indian activities and terrorism in any manner.” It was also cited that, “India is working with its key partners and is continuing engagement with the people of Afghanistan,”.

Stanikzai, a Pashtun trained with the Indian Army between 1979 and 1982 in the Army Cadet College, Nowgaon, and then at the Indian Military Academy, Dehradun.

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