Ahead of SCO talks amid Taliban advance, Jaishankar meets Afghan counterpart

Within the wake of the deteriorating safety scenario in Afghanistan and India having evacuated around 50 diplomats and security personnel from its consulate in Kandahar, Exterior Affairs Minister S Jaishankar on Tuesday met his Afghan counterpart Mohammad Haneef Atmar in Dushanbe to debate the disaster within the war-torn nation.

Earlier within the day, Jaishankar arrived within the Tajik capital on a two-day go to to attend the conferences of the Shanghai Cooperation Group Council of Overseas Ministers and the SCO Contact Group on Afghanistan.

“Started my Dushanbe go to by assembly with Afghan FM @MHaneefAtmar. Respect his replace on latest developments. Wanting ahead to the assembly of the SCO Contact Group on Afghanistan tomorrow,” Jaishankar tweeted.

The SCO, which is seen as a counterweight to NATO, was based at a summit in Shanghai in 2001 by the presidents of Russia, China, Kyrgyz Republic, Kazakhstan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan. It’s an eight-member financial and safety bloc and has emerged as one of many largest transregional worldwide organisations. India and Pakistan grew to become its everlasting members in 2017.

The SCO contact group assembly on Afghanistan is about to occur at a time when Taliban militants are quickly seizing management within the northern a part of the nation and there are stories of 1000’s of Afghans fleeing to guard themselves from the insurgents. The militants have reportedly seized dozens of districts over the course of latest weeks and now management a couple of third of the nation, forward of the withdrawal of US and Western troops from Afghanistan by September 11.

As a part of the take care of the Taliban, the US and its NATO allies have agreed to withdraw all troops in return for a dedication by the militants that they might forestall extremist teams from working in areas they management.

Jaishankar had earlier expressed concern over the spiralling violence and stated the “legitimacy aspect” of who should rule the war-torn country should not be ignored. Talking at a joint press convention together with his Russian counterpart Sergey Lavrov in Moscow, he had stated, “The purpose proper now we stress is that we should see a discount in violence. Violence can’t be the answer for the scenario in Afghanistan. On the finish of the day, who governs Afghanistan has a legitimacy facet of it. I feel that’s one thing which can not and shouldn’t be ignored.”

India has stated it has a growth partnership of USD three billion, together with greater than 550 neighborhood growth tasks masking all 34 provinces, which is aimed toward making Afghanistan a self-sustaining nation.

India can also be a significant stakeholder within the peace and stability of Afghanistan and has been calling for a nationwide peace and reconciliation course of which is “Afghan-led, Afghan-owned and Afghan-controlled”.

Although the Indian embassy in Kabul remains to be functioning with Indian diplomats and Afghan staffers, there aren’t any Indian diplomats or different staffers on the Indian consulates in Kandahar, Herat and Jalalabad now.

New Delhi is watching the scenario in Mazar-e-Sharif within the north of the nation, the place it has a consulate. If the scenario deteriorates, Mazar-e-Sharif might be the following place from the place Indian officers and staffers will probably be evacuated.

Although 50 Indian diplomats and staffers have been evacuated from Kandahar by a particular plane of the Indian Air Drive, MEA official spokesperson Arindam Bagchi had stated on Sunday that the evacuation was a “momentary measure”, and that the Kandahar consulate had not been shut down.

MEA in an announcement had stated, “India is carefully monitoring the evolving safety scenario in Afghanistan. The protection and safety of our personnel is paramount.”

Final month, Taliban had stated that they believed in “peaceful coexistence” with their neighbourhood and area.

“Pakistan is our neighbour, we now have shared values and historical past. India can also be our regional nation. None can change one’s neighbours or area. We should settle for this actuality and have peaceable coexistence. That’s within the curiosity of all,” Taliban spokesman Suhail Shaheen had stated in response to questions on how the Taliban seen India’s position in Afghanistan after the US withdrawal, and what their views have been on the Kashmir difficulty.

(With inputs from PTI)

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