New Delhi : India on Tuesday, for the first time, admitted to have held diplomatic talks with the Taliban which has taken control of Afghanistan in the past few days following the withdrawal of US forces from there. An Indian envoy met a leader of the Taliban in Doha, Qatar’s capital. The meeting took place following a request by the new rulers of the strife-hit country.
Ambassador Deepak Mittal, India’s envoy to Qatar, met Sher Mohammad Abbas Stanekzai, Head of Taliban’s Political Office in that country, according to a press release from the Ministry of External Affairs. They met at the Indian Embassy in Doha, the statement 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,” it said. “Ambassador Mittal raised India’s concern that Afghanistan’s soil should not be used for anti-Indian activities and terrorism in any manner.” https://www.hudhudtimes.com/