Ever since the Taliban took control of Afghanistan, the entire international community is on its feet preparing for any situation. Amidst all this, India’s external affairs minister, S. Jaishankar who happens to be in New York to chair the meetings at the UN Security Council said that India is “carefully following” the developments in Afghanistan and even clarifies that the “relationship with Afghan people will obviously continue.”
When reporters asked him had India has any communication with the extremist group in recent days he said, “At this point of time, we’re looking at what is the situation in Kabul. Obviously, the Taliban and its representatives have come to Kabul. So we need to take it on from there.”
On being asked how India will “deal with the Taliban” he reaffirmed that “At the moment, we are, like everybody else, very carefully following developments in Afghanistan. Our focus is on ensuring security in Afghanistan and the safe return of Indian nationals.”
S. Jaishankar who just arrived in New York on Monday for the UNSC meeting on Afghanistan. It is the second time that the UN body has met in just over 10 days and that is too under India’s Presidency. India recently became the president of the UNSC for the first time and too at a time when there is a crisis in the International community because of the situation in the war-torn country.
Although he was supposed to visit Mexico, Panama and Guyana after his visit to New York, now as per sources, his visits would now be “rescheduled” at a later date, in view of the developments in Afghanistan which has led to an exodus to neighbouring countries and beyond and can even cause instability in the region.
He will now return to New Delhi on Friday, to oversee logistical and diplomatic meetings over the rapid turn of events in Afghanistan, and India’s stand on the new Taliban regime in power in Kabul.
India recently evacuated 150 people including ambassador Tandon and staff from the embassy in Kabul.from Kabul in C-17 Globemaster aircraft which landed at the Hindon Air Base in Ghaziabad.