EAM S Jaishankar meets Afghan counterpart Mohammad Haneef Atmar amid Taliban surge
Taliban’s growing influence in Afghanistan, Afghan Foreign Minister meets S Jaishankar  |  Photo Credits: ANI
New Delhi : Amid the growing influence of the Taliban in Afghanistan, External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar met his Afghan counterpart Mohammad Hanif Atmar in the capital of Tajikistan, Dushanbe. During this, the two leaders discussed the political and security situation in Afghanistan and the peace process. During this, India expressed concern over the violence in Afghanistan and stressed on stopping the bloodshed.
External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar arrived in Dushanbe on Tuesday on a two-day visit to attend meetings of the Council of Foreign Ministers of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) and the SCO Contact Group on Afghanistan, where he met Foreign Minister Hanif Atmar. The statement issued by the Government of Afghanistan after this meeting underlined India’s constructive role in the Afghan peace process.
Concerns over violence in Afghanistan
The statement issued by the Afghan government, referring to the increase in Taliban attacks against civilians and Afghan defense forces in collaboration with foreign fighters, regional and international terrorist networks, said that overcoming this shared threat from a regional security point of view Very important. It said that India expressed concern over the escalation of violence in Afghanistan and insisted on ending the bloodshed.
External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar also tweeted about this meeting and said, ‘My visit to Dushanbe started with a meeting with the Foreign Minister of Afghanistan, Mohammad Hanif Atmar. Talked to him on the recent developments. Looking forward to tomorrow’s meeting of the SCO Liaison Group on Afghanistan.
Taliban cause of global concern
The meeting of the foreign ministers of India and Afghanistan took place at a time when Taliban fighters are rapidly taking control of most areas of the country amid the withdrawal of American troops from Afghanistan. The growing clout of the Taliban in Afghanistan has raised concerns globally.
India has evacuated around 50 diplomats and security personnel from its consulate in Kandahar in the wake of violent clashes between Afghan forces and Taliban fighters. However, the Indian Consulate here is not closed yet. Along with Kandahar, the Indian Consulate at Mazar-e-Sharif also continues to operate.
Amidst the growing influence of the Taliban in Afghanistan, many other countries, including China and France, have also asked their citizens to leave Afghanistan, citing security reasons.
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