On the sidelines of the third assembly of the Moscow Format of consultations on Afghanistan, representatives of the Taliban met an Indian delegation, led by Joint Secretary at Ministry of External Affairs JP Singh, on Wednesday.
It was the second such bilateral assembly between India and the Taliban after Indian envoy to Qatar Deepak Mittal’s assembly with Sher Mohammad Abbas Stanikzai, the Taliban’s deputy international minister, in Doha a month in the past.The Indian delegation led by JP Singh, the joint secretary of the Pakistan-Afghanistan-Iran division of the Ministry of External Affairs, was in Moscow to attend the Moscow Format assembly on the invitation of Russia.Speaking concerning the India-Taliban assembly, Zabihullah Mujahid, an official spokesperson of the Taliban-ruled Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan stated, “The delegation of the Islamic Emirate met with the special representative of India for Iran, Pakistan and Afghanistan.”ALSO READ: Taliban’s particular forces ‘forcibly’ enter Kabul Gurdwara, Sikh group seeks India’s assistThe Indian aspect expressed readiness to supply in depth humanitarian help to Afghanistan, Zabihullah Mujahid was quoted as saying by Afghanistan’s Tolo information. The two sides additionally emphasised the necessity to take into consideration one another’s issues and enhance diplomatic and financial relations, the Taliban spokesperson stated.Meanwhile, throughout his opening remarks on the Moscow talks on Wednesday, Russian international minister Sergey Lavrov stated that “forming a really inclusive government fully reflecting the interests of not only all ethnic groups but all political forces of the country” was obligatory to attain a steady peace in Afghanistan.10 nations, together with India, China, Pakistan and another central Asian nations, participated within the assembly. Other than the Taliban, the assembly additionally had representatives of different factions, a spherical of diplomacy that underlines Moscow’s clout.ALSO READ: Taliban kill policewoman in entrance of youngsters, mutilate her face in Afghanistan’s Ghor province: ReportsLavrov in his opening speech on the convention recommended the Taliban for his or her efforts to stabilise the state of affairs within the nation and make sure the operation of state buildings.Last week, Russian President Vladimir Putin famous that there should be no rush in formally recognising the Taliban as the brand new rulers of Afghanistan, however emphasised the necessity to have interaction in talks with them.Unlike many different nations, Russia hasn’t evacuated its embassy in Kabul and its ambassador has maintained common contacts with the Taliban after they took over the Afghan capital in August.(With inputs from businesses)ALSO READ: Taliban behead junior volleyball participant who was a part of Afghan girls’s nationwide workforce: Report