The present Afghan state of affairs and state of negotiations between Taliban and Kabul amid the group’s surge that has made Afghans and most neighbours apprehensive, figured prominently when visiting US Secretary of State Antony Blinken met his hosts and Indian counterpart S Jaishankar. The subject can also be understood to have figured when Blinken met NSA AK Doval.
Following the talks, each Blinken and Jaishankar agreed that there are extra convergences between India and the US on the Afghan state of affairs than divergences.
“No army answer to the (Afghanistan) battle. Requires Taliban and Afghan authorities to return to the desk. Future authorities has to be inclusive and totally consultant. Afghanistan would be ‘pariah state’ if Taliban takes control by pressure,” Blinken stated on the joint press meet with Jaishanakar following their wide-ranging dialogue that additionally lined Indo-Pacific area, Quad, vaccine diplomacy and local weather change points.
Blinken stated the Taliban is making advances in district centres and there are stories of them committing atrocities in Afghanistan. “It’s deeply troubling and it definitely doesn’t converse nicely about their intention for the nation.”
Putting all speculations to relaxation concerning the US’s future position in Afghanistan, Blinken famous, “Even as we withdraw our forces from Afghanistan, we stay engaged in Afghanistan. We haven’t solely a robust embassy there but in addition have essential programmes that help the nation economically by growth and safety help.”
Referring to his discussions on Afghanistan with Jaishankar, the US Secretary of State stated, “We mentioned regional safety points, together with Afghanistan. India and US share robust curiosity in (having a) peaceable, safe and steady Afghanistan. As a credible associate within the area, India has and will proceed to make important contribution to Afghanistan’s stability and growth.”