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Taliban opens dialogue with India, assures that they will address all concerns

At the request of the Taliban side, the Indian envoy met the head of the Taliban's Political Office, Sher Mohammad Abbas Stanekzai, in Doha and discussed issues like safety, security and early return of Indian nationals stranded in Afghanistan. 

Taliban opens dialogue with India, assures that they will address all concerns VPN
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Doha, First Published Aug 31, 2021, 6:08 PM IST
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A day after American troops formally left Afghanistan, the Taliban started a dialogue with India in Qatar to discuss the ongoing situation in the war-ravaged nation.

During the meeting, the Indian Ambassador to Qatar Deepak Mittal raised New Delhi’s concerns, including terror activities.

At the request of the Taliban side, the Indian envoy met the head of the Taliban's Political Office, Sher Mohammad Abbas Stanekzai, in Doha and discussed issues like 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 was also discussed during the meeting.

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

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

For the first time, India has made public about the meeting held between the two sides. 

Earlier, the ministry had said that India is in talks with all stakeholders in Afghanistan. 

On August 30, the US has formally ended their military evacuation, paving the way for the Taliban to formally seize control of the country.

The Taliban had seized the war-ravaged country's capital Kabul on August 15 after then President, Ashraf Ghani fled the country. 

On August 30, the United Nations Security Council has adopted a resolution on Afghanistan, aiming to prevent the use of Afghan soil by terrorist organisations against any country. 

The resolution was adopted with 13 votes in favour while Russia and China preferred to abstain from the process.

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