India Deploys a Technical Team and Resumes Diplomatic Relations with Afghanistan

To “closely monitor and coordinate the work of various stakeholders for the proper delivery of humanitarian assistance,” the technical team from India arrived in Kabul on Thursday. They were placed in the embassy.

With the deployment of a “technical team” at the embassy in Kabul on Thursday, India restored its diplomatic presence in Afghanistan, from which it evacuated all of its diplomats after the Taliban’s takeover in August of last year.

Following the fall of the Ashraf Ghani administration, India withdrew all of its officials and security staff from Kabul, primarily due to security concerns, and shut down consulates in Herat, Kandahar, Jalalabad, and Mazar-e-Sharif. The return of Indian officials to Kabul was made possible by recent negotiations with the Taliban, both informally and formally.

The technical team arrived in Kabul on Thursday and was immediately put to work, according to a statement from the external affairs ministry, “closely monitoring and coordinating the efforts of various stakeholders for the effective delivery of humanitarian assistance and in continuation of our engagement with the Afghan people.”

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The statement implied that there was no recognition of the Taliban regime in Kabul by placing India’s decision to re-establish diplomatic relations in the context of its “historical and civilisational relationship with the Afghan people.”

The Indian team flew to Kabul aboard a cargo plane operated by the Indian Air Force, which also delivered the initial shipment of aid following Wednesday’s terrible earthquake, which left at least 1,000 people dead.

The statement also made mention of the recent trip to Kabul by a team from India led by joint secretary JP Singh, who serves as the external affairs ministry’s point person for Afghanistan. The delegation was there to monitor the distribution of humanitarian aid and to meet with key Taliban figures. It said, “A security situation assessment was also conducted during the visit.”

According to the statement, “our established ties with Afghan society and our development cooperation, which includes help for the Afghan people, will continue to direct our strategy moving ahead.”

People with knowledge of the situation claimed that the Indian presence in Kabul will be quite limited. However, the statement made no mention of the technical team’s size or other pertinent information. The team will primarily concentrate on consular concerns, the distribution of humanitarian relief, and the potential resuscitation of development initiatives. It is anticipated that the team will be commanded by a middle-ranking diplomat.

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The decision to send Indian officials back to Kabul was motivated by a number of factors, including security assurances from the Taliban leadership and a belief that India could not remain out of the picture as regional players like China, Iran, Pakistan, and Russia strengthen their presence in Kabul.

According to the aforementioned sources, an Indian team was supposed to fly on a chartered flight operated by an Afghan airline from New Delhi to Kabul on June 18. However, the trip was postponed as a result of a terrorist attack on the Gurdwara Karte Parwan in the Afghan capital, which was later claimed by the Khorasan branch of the Islamic State.

The people said that the incident just caused a delay in the deployment of Indian authorities in Kabul rather than causing a change of heart.

Such attacks were taken into consideration when making decisions. The Taliban have pledged to repress organisations based in Pakistan like Lashkar-e-Taiba and Jaish-e-Mohammed and have provided security guarantees. One of the aforementioned sources claimed, “This is something they have never done before.

They claimed that the Taliban reinforced security at the Sikh shrine because they were aware of a potential attack on Gurdwara Karte Parwan in advance. This is thought to be one of the factors in the attack’s failure, which resulted in the deaths of all three assailants and only two people—an Afghan Sikh and a security guard.

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