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India holds talks with senior Taliban official, first since fall of Kabul

NEW DELHI: India’s ambassador to Qatar held talks with a high Taliban chief on Tuesday (Aug 31), the Indian overseas ministry mentioned, the primary formal engagement because the hardline Islamist group took over Afghanistan.

The envoy, Deepak Mittal, met Sher Mohammad Abbas Stanekzai, the pinnacle of the Taliban’s Political Workplace in Doha on the request of the Taliban, the overseas ministry mentioned.

India has lengthy had considerations concerning the Taliban due to their shut ties to Pakistan. The overseas ministry mentioned the 2 sides mentioned the security of Indians left behind in Afghanistan.

Mittal additionally conveyed India’s fears that anti-India militants might use Afghanistan’s soil to mount assaults, the overseas ministry mentioned.


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