This would be the first official interplay between India and the Taliban after Taliban introduced its Cupboard in Afghanistan.
The ministry of exterior affairs on Thursday mentioned India will take part within the Moscow Format assembly on October 20, the primary after the Taliban takeover of Afghanistan. The participation will probably be on the joint secretary stage, the ministry has confirmed. This would be the second time New Delhi will probably be nose to nose with the Taliban after the group toppled the Ashraf Ghani authorities in a coup on August 15, and the primary assembly after the Taliban introduced its Cupboard.
Moscow Format is a negotiation mechanism established in 2017 to handle the problems of Afghanistan. It contains international locations like Afghanistan, China, Pakistan, Iran and India. America too had participated in Moscow Format earlier than. This isn’t the primary time that the Taliban will probably be invited to the platform, however the first time after they’ve their authorities in Afghanistan.
Amid worldwide enchantment for an inclusive authorities in Afghanistan, Russia has determined to proceed its Moscow Format. The Taliban too are searching for worldwide recognition whereas the international locations are shopping for time earlier than recognising the Taliban authorities in Afghanistan.
On worldwide platforms, India has clarified its stance that it’ll stand by the Afghan individuals. PM Modi has urged the worldwide group to make sure that Afghan territory doesn’t turn into a supply of radicalisation and terrorism.
The primary official contact between New Delhi and the Taliban was on August 31 when the ambassador of India to Qatar, Deepak Mittar, met Sher Mohammad Abbas Stanekzai, the pinnacle of Taliban’s political workplace in Doha. That assembly came about on the Embassy of India in Doha on the request of the Taliban aspect.