Taliban kosher? India confirms meeting with senior leader
NEW DELHI: In the first ever confirmation of an offi al meeting between India and Taliban, the go nment announced Tuesday that India’s ambassador to Qatar Deepak Mittal had met Sher Mohammad Abbas Stanekzai, the chief of Taliban’s po itical office in Doha. The meeting took place at the Indian embassy on Tuesday afternoon after, as the go nment said in a statement, a request from the Taliban side.
Stanekzai is learnt to have assured Mittal that the Taliban will address all 3 major concerns expressed by India – safety and return of Indian nationals, safe passage for Afghan nationals looking to come to India and preventing Pakistan based terror groups from using Afghan territory to target India.
Mittal’s meeting with Stanekzai, which lasted for over an hour, is said to be the outcome of discussions that a high-level group comprising NSA Ajit Doval, foreign minister S Jaishankar and other senior offi als has had in the past few days. Offi al sources said PM Narendra Modi had directed that the group be formed to focus on immediate priorities for India.
While this wasn’t the first meeting that Indian offi als had with Taliban leaders in Doha, the earlier meetings were not announced or confirmed. Similar meetings involving Indian offi als, according to offi al sources, have taken place on ``a few occasions’’ earlier too in Doha and elsewhere.
These sources also denied that the meeting meant recognition for Taliban by India. It’s still a wait and watch approach, as a source said speaking on condition of anonymity.
One reality Indian Go nment will have accept that Taliban is there to Govern Afghanistan whether they are legitimate or illegitimate. India can not create more enemies anymore while China and Pakistan are already creating enough problems for us. At least for the sake of security and prection of Afghan minorities, women and children India must make diplomatic ties with Afghanistan. With emotions foreign policy can not be run but by any correct diplomacy any complicated problem can be solved.
The foodie King
How is india negotiating with Taliban who they have listed as te rorts ?
India forced to do that after being sidelined.
Good move by India. It is not s commitment now. The whole thing depends on how it moves further. Taliban also depend very much on other nations for running the country.
One has to reach out and be communicative with the leaders of Afghan even if its Taliban. Better to know your enemy well.
Not sure what was the rush to meet Taliban rwpresentative. It just seems like a desperate move to appear relevant in current affairs in the region.
Whatever is good for the country should be done.
Modi Number One
Modi and his BJP RSS Bajrang Dal Hindu te rorts are soon going to visit Kabul in a hugging diplomacy. Lets see whether these te rorts recognize each others value and can build relations. After all India is pretty much isolated in South Asia with poor relations with almost every neighbour.
It's due to Nehru that present Govt will surrender to Taliban and accept them as legitimate Govt
Taliban is already sitting on Chinese, pakistani and Russian lap. Modi is always late.
Anybody who supported Taliban was a traitor and treason charges were demanded by BJP recently.
This is only a sample how militants controlled country can behave and do destructive acts in other countries. For me the Pakistan rulers and Talibans are one and the same.
WHILE IT'S REASSURING THAT SR. LEADER OF TALIBANS HAS REACHED OUT TO INDIA, the fact remains who is going call the shots in the new dispensation.
But it is significant to mention here that India administration engagement with Taliban at such early stage would sketch trepidation image as well as manifest that India is compromising to the serene strategy watch & wait by the time picture would not clear? Indian public has fresh memory how Taliban had carried ...
Everyone wants to talk with the taliban. Taliban should refuse to talk to mus m hating RSS.
India is the 1st country to establish diplomatic relationship with Taliban. Even Saudis have not offi ally started diplomatic relations with Taliban. Shows the true colors of Modi's BJP.
Usa and coalition diplomats have been negotiating with taliban for over a year. In doha and other countries.
Always be practical. No permanent friends or enemies. Self interest is best.
BJP has two faces . One side the prime minister is calling the taliban as te rorts and the other side they are secretly meeting the taliban . What a shame
So finally surrendering to Taliban just like USA surrendered.. How will you make your bhaktas and godi media understand this u turn.. For 38 years you guys called fre m fighters as te rorts.. Now begging to talk to them...
38年来，你们把自 由战士称为恐 怖分子，现在却求着跟他们会谈……