India accepts Russia’s invite for talks with Taliban subsequent week

India has accepted a Russian invitation to hitch the Afghanistan talks in Moscow on October 20.

The Taliban, who captured energy two months in the past, have additionally been invited to the talks and this may convey them face-to-face with India, which evacuated its diplomatic workers from the nation after the regime change there.

Confirming the Indian participation, Arindam Bagchi, spokesperson for the Ministry of External Affairs, mentioned Thursday: “We have received an invitation for the Moscow format meeting on Afghanistan on October 20. We will be participating in it.”

It is probably going that the MEA will ship a Joint Secretary-level officer to the assembly – a last resolution is but to be made.

Last week, Russian President Vladimir Putin’s particular consultant on Afghanistan, Zamir Kabulov, mentioned Moscow had invited representatives of the Taliban to worldwide talks on Afghanistan on October 20.

The talks comply with a G20 summit on Afghanistan — it was held on October 12 — to assist the nation avert a humanitarian disaster within the wake of the ability shift there.

India’s ambassador to Qatar, Deepak Mittal, had met Taliban representatives in Doha in direction of the top of August, and the assembly in Moscow would be the second for the Indians.


A seat on the desk

The US exit from Afghanistan has had Russia, China and Pakistan looking for bigger roles there, at the same time as India calibrates its place. The Russians had indicated earlier that India might play a job “post-conflict” — a time period they reserved for the US departure.

After Kabul’s fall in August, India raised questions on the shortage of inclusivity within the new Taliban regime, rights of minorities, girls and kids, and in addition voiced concern on terrorism emanating from Afghanistan.

In March this yr, Moscow hosted a global convention on Afghanistan through which Russia, United States, China and Pakistan launched a joint assertion, calling on the then-warring Afghan sides to reach a peace deal.

The assertion additionally requested the Taliban to not launch offensives in spring and summer time. But because the US and its allies started withdrawing their troops after 20 years on the bottom, the Taliban seized energy in a lightning advance that led to the collapse of the Ashraf Ghani authorities.

Russia is anxious in regards to the influence within the wider area. Moscow has moved to have interaction the Taliban, however has stopped wanting granting recognition to the group which is banned as a “terrorist” organisation in Russia.

Unlike Western international locations that rushed to evacuate diplomats following the autumn of Kabul on August 15, Russia has saved its embassy there open.