J P Singh, who is India’s Joint Secretary in-charge of Pakistan, Afghanistan and Iran, along with a team of delegates, is currently in Kabul to hold talks with the Taliban officials. This will be India’s first official meeting since Taliban took over Afghanistan in August 2021.
According to a statement from the Ministry of External Affairs, Singh and his team will meet with the senior officials of Taliban and discuss India’s humanitarian assistance to the people of Afghanistan.
This visit is in regards to India’s offer to extend humanitarian assistance to the Afghan people. The statement said, “In this endeavour, we have already dispatched several shipments of humanitarian assistance consisting of 20,000 MTs of wheat, 13 tons of medicines, 500,000 doses of COVID Vaccine and winter clothing. These consignments were handed over to the India Gandhi Children Hospital, Kabul and UN specialized agencies including WHO and WFP. Furthermore, India is in the process of shipping more medical assistance and food-grains to Afghanistan.”
The ministry said that the India’s team in Kabul will ensure proper delivery of the humanitarian aid. The officials will also meet with other international organizations that are working to provide humanitarian assistance in Afghanistan.