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Call for reopening of Indian embassy in Afghanistan

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  • 02 June, 2022 11:04:10

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International Desk: Taliban Foreign Minister Amir Khan Muttaki has called for the reopening of the Indian Embassy in Afghanistan. Muttaki said Afghanistan's relations with India were improving and that New Delhi should reopen its embassy in Kabul.

He said the Taliban government, like other countries' embassies and diplomatic missions in Kabul, was also providing security to Indian diplomats. The Taliban government will not allow the use of Afghan land against any other country.
This was stated in a report by the Indian news channel 'CNN News 18' in a report on Purse Today.

After the fall of Kabul, the capital of Afghanistan, to the Taliban on August 15, 2021, the Indian government, like many countries in the world, closed its embassy in Kabul. New Delhi later closed its consulates in Mazar-i-Sharif, Kandahar, Herat and Jalalabad in Afghanistan.

Although no country in the world has yet formally recognized the Taliban government, many countries are maintaining relations and economic transactions with the Taliban. There are even embassies of many countries in Kabul.

India has long had deep ties with Afghanistan. New Delhi has maintained good relations with any government that comes to power in Kabul.

The importance of Afghanistan for India's security and economic and geopolitical interests is considered immense. India has been the most active country in Afghanistan since the US ousted the Taliban in 2001.

India has invested more than কোটি 3 billion in various projects in Afghanistan Over the last two decades, India has invested more than কোটি 3 billion in socio-economic and some major infrastructure projects in Afghanistan. In addition to dozens of projects in education, health, sports, cultural development, India has built a 216 km long important road called Dilaram-Jaranj Highway. They also built the new Afghan parliament building in Kabul.

When the Taliban seized power in Afghanistan in 2021, in an interview given to BBC Bangla, the professor of international relations at Jawaharlal Nehru University in Delhi, Dr. Sanjay Bhardwaj said Afghanistan is a very important country for India for its greater regional economic aspirations, internal security and geopolitical interests.

Afghanistan is vital for India to enter the Central Asian market. India plans to build two pipelines through Afghanistan to Iran and Central Asia.

In these cases, Sanjay Bharadwaj also brought up the issue of Pakistan. He said that if Pakistan took control of Afghanistan's foreign and security policy, it would be a nightmare for India.

India also reportedly held secret talks with the Taliban in June last year. At the request of the Taliban, India met in August at the Taliban's political office in Doha, Qatar. After the meeting, India's foreign ministry said the Taliban leadership had been told that India feared that anti-India militants might use Afghan soil to harm Indian interests.

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