Indian officials hold first talks with Taliban in Afghanistan | Taliban News

Bilateral ties and humanitarian assist mentioned within the first such go to to Kabul for the reason that group took management of Kabul final 12 months.

A group of Indian officers has met the performing international minister of Afghanistan to debate bilateral ties and humanitarian assist, the Taliban mentioned, in what was the primary such go to to Kabul for the reason that group took management of the nation final 12 months.

Poverty and starvation have rocketed in Afghanistan for the reason that Taliban took energy after the USA pulled out, and India has despatched meals grains and different assist.

The Taliban administration’s performing international minister, Mawlawi Amir Khan Muttaqi, met an Indian international ministry delegation led by JP Singh, a secretary within the ministry.

“The assembly centered on India-Afghan diplomatic relations, bilateral commerce and humanitarian assist,” Taliban international ministry spokesman Abdul Qahar Balkhi mentioned on Twitter.

Balkhi mentioned the minister known as the go to a “good starting in ties between the 2 international locations”.

India has no formal diplomatic ties with the Taliban authorities, however its envoys have beforehand met Taliban representatives in Doha, the capital of Qatar, the place the group has an workplace.

Requested if New Delhi now formally recognised the Taliban administration, Indian international ministry spokesman Arindam Bagchi informed reporters they have been “studying far an excessive amount of into the go to”.

The ministry earlier mentioned in an announcement the officers would oversee the supply of humanitarian help and go to areas focused by Indian-backed programmes or initiatives.

India has donated about 20,000 tonnes of wheat, 13 tonnes of medicines, 500,000 doses of COVID-19 vaccine, and objects of winter clothes, with extra medication and meals grains on the way in which, it mentioned.

India pulled its officers out of Afghanistan final August and closed its embassy, though it’s eager to retain ties with the nation the place its regional rival Pakistan wields appreciable affect.

Bagchi declined to say when the embassy may be reopened, besides to say that native workers had continued to operate and guarantee correct upkeep and maintenance of its premises there.

Muttaqi expressed gratitude for the Indian humanitarian and medical help to Afghanistan, stressing the significance of the resumption of initiatives by India, its diplomatic presence in Afghanistan and the supply of consular providers to Afghans, significantly to Afghan college students and sufferers, Balkhi mentioned.

Earlier than the Taliban took management, India offered Afghan safety forces with coaching and navy gear however had no troops on the bottom. It was additionally the area’s largest supplier of improvement assist to Afghanistan.