The Taliban has publicly admitted for the first time that they have met with Indian officials. Before this, the Taliban have given a roundabout answer to every question of the meeting with India. Taliban spokesman Zabiullah Mujahid said officials of the Islamic Emirate met officials of the Indian Foreign Ministry on the sidelines of the Moscow format in Russia. He also claimed that India has taken the initiative to provide humanitarian assistance to Afghanistan.
Taliban claims – India ready to help
Zabiullah Mujahid said that representatives of the Islamic Emirate met JP Singh, Joint Secretary, Pakistan-Afghanistan-Iran Division of India’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Moscow on Wednesday. He also claimed by tweeting that India has agreed to provide humanitarian aid to Afghanistan. The Foreign Ministry of the Islamic Emirate has also confirmed this meeting.
Taliban Foreign Ministry also issued a statement
The Taliban Foreign Ministry said that a high-level delegation led by Maulvi Abdul Salam Hanafi, Deputy Prime Minister of the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan, met Mr. JP Singh, India’s Special Representative for Afghanistan, Pakistan and Iran, and the accompanying delegation. The two sides shared each other’s concerns and stressed the need to improve diplomatic and economic ties. The Indian side expressed its willingness to provide comprehensive humanitarian assistance to the Afghans.
10 countries have arrived to participate in the Moscow format
In this dialogue named Moscow format, 10 countries of the world including India, China, Pakistan are participating. In this meeting, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov has given a direct warning to the Taliban. He told Taliban representatives that terrorism and drugs in the form of migrants from Afghanistan could spread to neighboring countries. He advised the Taliban that the land of Afghanistan should not be used especially against the neighboring countries.
Putin has also expressed concern about Taliban
Russian President Vladimir Putin has also expressed concern over the Taliban rule in Afghanistan. Just a few days ago, on the question of recognizing the Taliban government, he said that Russia is in no hurry for this. He also clearly said that the Taliban government is not inclusive. Not all people of Afghanistan are even represented in this government.
[Attribution to NBT]