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India mulls reopening embassy in Afghanistan

Taliban wants India to return to Kabul at the earliest

AFGHANISTAN-CONFLICT/BLAST A Taliban fighter stands guard at the site of an explosion in Kabul, Afghanistan, April 19, 2022 | Reuters

India mulling reopening its embassy in Afghanistan. The Taliban government, since it took over in August, has been reaching out to different nations and making statements on international issues. The militant group-led government is still being kept at arm's length.

The group wants India to return to Kabul at the earliest. Reopening the embassy will be, without senior-level diplomats. The embassy will be open with limited personnel for liaison purposes, which may extend to consular services.

The Taliban has repeatedly thanked Delhi for humanitarian assistance in for of wheat and other essentials. The Taliban has, reportedly, ensured India that it will provide a secure environment for the Indian embassy.

India shut down its embassy on August 17, two days after the Taliban took over. Pakistan, Chinese and Russian and Iranian embassies did not shut their embassy offices at the time.

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