After a year of suspension of diplomatic relations with Afghanistan and the closure of the Indian Embassy in August 2021, the Embassy in Kabul resumed its activities on Monday, August 15. The Indian Embassy had adjourned its offices as officials left Kabul after the Taliban takeover. from Afghanistan which led to the collapse of the civic government, and then to President Ashraf Ghani who fled Afghan land.
The Afghan Foreign Ministry spokesperson, in an exclusive conversation with India Today TV, said diplomats from the country arrived in Kabul on August 13 with the aim of resuming work at the consulate.
“We welcome Indian diplomats and have assured them of full cooperation and security in Afghanistan,” Abdul Qahar Balkhi said.
While emphasizing that the Taliban-led government is keen on establishing good relations with all neighboring countries including India, Balkhi said various projects undertaken by the country are incomplete in Afghanistan.
“We expect India to resume work for the development of Afghanistan,” he said.
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While answering a question on the status of India’s projects in his country, he said, “There are many projects undertaken by India in Afghanistan, some are half completed and others to more than half”.
In a key development, the spokesperson refuted all news reports that China was building a military base in Afghanistan. Refuting the claims, Balkhi said the Taliban cabinet wants to maintain diplomatic and economic ties with neighboring countries.
“We will not license our land for political purposes,” he said.
The Afghan government hopes that improved diplomatic representation and the dispatch of diplomats will strengthen Afghanistan-India relations, leading to the completion of unfinished projects by India and the launching of vital new ones.
— Abdul Qahar Balkhi (@QaharBalkhi) August 13, 2022
Taking to Twitter, Balki welcomed the resumption of diplomatic relations and shared, “The Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan welcomes India’s decision to upgrade its diplomatic representation in Kabul. to ensure security, we will pay close attention to the immunity of diplomats and cooperate well in efforts.”
After weeks of rapid insurgency and territorial gains through the withdrawal of Afghan armed forces, the Taliban declared the country the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan on August 15, 2021. The use of force, coupled with the reduced number of fighters of the army, the government led by Ghani was forced to surrender. The takeover gained momentum after US and NATO troops finalized and completed their withdrawal after 20 years on Afghan land.
Subsequently, special flights were organized by the Department of External Affairs to evacuate Indians in the then war-ravaged country.
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