India holds first talk with Taliban after Afghan crisis; seeks early return of nationals

Stanekzai and his accompanying delegation met China ambassador Zo Jian in Doha the same day

India on Tuesday held its first official meet with a Taliban leader in Doha on latter’s request. Ambassador of India to Qatar, Deepak Mittal, met Sher Mohammad Abbas Stanekzai, the Head of Taliban’s Political Office.

 

The meeting took place at the Embassy of India, Doha, on the request of the Taliban side.

 

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 to India also came up, a statement read.

 

Ambassador Mittal raised India’s concern that Afghanistan’s soil should not be used for anti-Indian activities and terrorism in any manner.

 

The Taliban representative assured the Ambassador that these issues would be positively addressed.

 

The Taliban have proclaimed “full independence” for Afghanistan after the last US soldiers flew out following 20 years of war. Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid said early Tuesday that “American soldiers left the Kabul airport, and our nation got its full independence.”

 

Meanwhile, Stanekzai and his accompanying delegation met China ambassador Zo Jian in Doha the same day.

 

According to reports, the meeting was based on the current political and security situation in Afghanistan, including bilateral issues.

 

Zo Jian said, "They are in for a new transformation from a positive point of view. China continues its good relations with Afghanistan. We now intend to send some humanitarian aid to Afghanistan."

 

After the Taliban took control of Kabul, China called for the formation of an open, inclusive, and broadly representative government adopting moderate and prudent domestic and foreign policies

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