Indian officials meet in Kabul for the first time since leaving the United States

Indian officials meet in Kabul for the first time since leaving the United States

India withdrew its officials from Afghanistan last August after the Taliban came to power.

New Delhi:

The ministry sent a team of foreign ministry officials to the Afghan capital, Kabul, for talks with senior members of the ruling Taliban, the ministry said on Thursday, the first such meeting since last year’s tumultuous US withdrawal.

Poverty and hunger have been rampant in the poverty-stricken country since the Taliban came to power after the US withdrew last year.

“The Indian delegation will meet with senior members of the Taliban and discuss India’s humanitarian assistance to the people of Afghanistan,” the ministry said in a statement.

Officials will oversee the delivery of humanitarian assistance and inspect the target area by an Indian-backed program or project, it added.

India has donated about 20,000 tonnes of wheat, 13 tonnes of medicines, 500,000 doses of COVID-19 vaccine and winter clothing, with more medicines and food grains on the way, it said.

India withdrew its officials from Afghanistan last August and closed its embassy, ​​although the government is keen to maintain relations with a country where its arch-enemy, Pakistan, exerts considerable influence.

Last month, the ministry said it had no information on when the embassy would reopen.

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