India re-establishes diplomatic presence in Kabul

Prime News, International, National, Kabul (Afghanistan), June 24:- India on Thursday (June 23) resumed its diplomatic presence in Kabul by deploying a team in its embassy in the Afghan capital, over 10 months after it pulled out its officials from the mission following the Taliban’s capture of power.

The Ministry of External Affairs (MEA), in a statement, said an Indian technical team has reached Kabul on Thursday and has been deployed in the embassy there.

The reopening of the embassy came three weeks after an Indian team led by J P Singh, the MEA’s point person for Afghanistan, visited Kabul and met acting Foreign Minister Mawlawi Amir Khan Muttaqi and some other members of the Taliban dispensation.

It is learnt that the Taliban side had assured the Indian team that adequate security will be provided if India sends its officials to the embassy in Kabul.

“In order to closely monitor and coordinate the efforts of various stakeholders for the effective delivery of humanitarian assistance and in continuation of our engagement with the Afghan people, an Indian technical team has reached Kabul Thursday and has been deployed in our embassy there,” the MEA said.

Along with the technical team, which also consisted of intelligence officials, India also sent the relief material Thursday for the earthquake that left over 1,000 people dead in the country earlier this week.

“The relief assistance comprise essential items including family ridge tents, sleeping bags, blankets, sleeping mats, etc. The relief consignment was handed over to the United Nations Office for Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UNOCHA) and Afghan Red Crescent Society (ARCS) in Kabul. As always, India stands in solidarity with the people of Afghanistan, with whom we share centuries old ties, and remains firmly committed to provide immediate relief assistance for the Afghan people,” the MEA said. (MR, NGB, Inputs: Agencies)

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