NEW DELHI: External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar said on Thursday that India, like the rest of the world, is fully aware of the situation in Afghanistan and that the government’s first priority is to secure the security and safe return of Indian nationals.
“Right now, we, like everyone else, are keeping a close eye on developments in Afghanistan. “Our priority is to ensure Afghan security and the safe return of Indian nationals,” EAM S Jaishankar said at the UN Security Council when asked how India will deal with the Taliban.
The EAM went on to say that at the moment, “we’re looking at what’s going on in Kabul.” Clearly, the Taliban and its representatives have arrived in Kabul. So we must proceed from there.”
S Jaishankar made these remarks in response to a question on whether ‘India had had any engagement with the Taliban in recent days.’
He went on to remark that Indian investment in Afghanistan reflected New Delhi’s longstanding affinity with the Afghan people. “Obviously, that relationship with the Afghan people continues. That will drive our strategy in Afghanistan in the next days,” the EAM stated.
Prior to that, the Foreign Affairs Minister and his British counterpart, Dominic Raab, discussed recent developments and the urgent problems faced by the Taliban takeover of Afghanistan.
Welcome to today’s talk with UK Foreign Secretary @DominicRaab. “Exchanged views on Afghanistan developments and imminent challenges,” Jaishankar, who is in the United States for four days, tweeted on Wednesday.
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: EAM S Jaishankar at UNSC on being asked 'how will India deal with Taliban' (18.08.2021) pic.twitter.com/WuWI4bq68n
— ANI (@ANI) August 19, 2021
Dominic Raab also spoke with US Secretary of State Antony Blinken about Afghanistan. On Sunday, the Taliban stormed Kabul and took possession of the presidential palace.
Meanwhile, a senior Taliban official has stated that the government will be “an Islamic administration based on Sharia laws, with no democratic system at all because it has no foundation in our nation.”
Waheed Ullah Hashimi, a senior Taliban member with access to the group’s decision-making, said that the Islamist militant movement’s top leader, Haibatullah Akhundzada, will most likely continue to be in overall command.
Several countries withdrew their diplomatic employees from Afghanistan shortly after the terror organization took control of the Afghan capital, and hundreds of citizens raced to Kabul airport in an attempt to flee the country.
Over 60 countries, including the United States, the United Kingdom, Japan, Germany, and Canada, have asked “all parties” to protect the departure of foreign people and Afghans who choose to leave the war-torn country, and to keep highways, airports, and border crossings accessible.