Guwahati News Desk: Indian ambassador to Qatar, has held talks with the head of the Taliban’s political office, that is being considered the first formal diplomatic engagement, since the group took over Afghanistan.
The discussions took place during a meeting at the Taliban’s political office in Doha, on Tuesday.
India’s foreign ministry informed that the two sides discussed about the safety of the Indians, left behind in Afghanistan.
In the meet, the envoy, Deepak Mittal, met the head of the Taliban’s political office, Sher Mohammad Abbas Stanekzai at the request of the Taliban.
According to the officials, the request came as the Taliban leaders have been keen towards receiving some“acceptability”, and that India remains “cautious”about its approach to the group.
Infact, towards the end of the week Stanekzai, made a statement calling for India to continue its political and trade ties with Afghanistan, and pursue connectivity projects.
Moreover, Mittal also conveyed India’s fears that anti-India fighters could use Afghanistan’s soil to mount attacks.
Furthermore, the meeting and the statements came after a number of signals from New Delhi, that it was recalibrating its earlier position on the Taliban as a terrorist group, after Taliban militants took control of the country on August 15.