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No need to jump the gun and recognise Taliban's government in Afghanistan: India

MEA spokesperson Arindam Bagchi said that the primary concern at the moment was the security and safety of people. 

No need to jump the gun and recognise Taliban government in Afghanistan India-VPN
New Delhi, First Published Aug 27, 2021, 7:42 PM IST

India on Friday reiterated that the government's priority is to evacuate the stranded nationals from Afghanistan. 

External Affairs Ministry spokesperson Arindam Bagchi said that over 550 people have been evacuated from the war-torn country in six flights. 

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In reply to a question on 'recognition to Taliban', Bagchi said that the situation on the ground is uncertain. 

The MEA spokesperson said that the primary concern at the moment was the security and safety of people. 

There is no clarity with regard to any entity forming a government in Kabul, he said, adding that there was no need to jump the gun with regard to recognition.

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With regard to the controversy surrounding the deportation of Afghan woman MP Rangina Kargar after Kabul had fallen into Taliban hands, the spokesperson clarified that the unfortunate incident had happened due to some confusion.

Bagchi said that when the situation in Kabul deteriorated, authorities were in a state of high alert after reports came across about a group of people ransacking an outsourcing agency where Afghan passports with Indian visas were there. Also, at the same time, the government was putting in place a mechanism to moving towards the e-Emergency visa system. 

The MEA spokesperson also reiterated that New Delhi continues to seek a peaceful and democratic Afghanistan. 

Like other countries, India too has adopted a wait and watch approach and see how the security situation of Afghanistan evacuations unfolds. 

Operation Devi Shakti

According to the External Affairs Ministry, the overall assessment is that the vast majority of Indians who wished to return have been evacuated. Some more Indians are still likely to be in Afghanistan.

The MEA made it clear that while the government's focus was on evacuating Indian nationals from Afghanistan, at the same time, it will stand with Afghans who have stood by the country.

Bagchi said that so far, the country had flown out over 550 people, including 260 Indians, in 6 separate flights originating from Kabul and Tajikistan's Dushanbe. 

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