Taliban Wants Friendly Ties With India. But There’s A Catch: Umashankar Singh

(Umashankar Singh is a Senior Editor, Political and Foreign Affairs at NDTV. The column first appeared in NDTV on September 3, 2021)


  • With the announcement of a Taliban government in Afghanistan now just a day away, the terrorist group’s ties with India and the future of the relationship between the two countries are under the spotlight. On Tuesday, the Taliban knocked on the doors of the Indian embassy in Qatar’s capital Doha for talks. Taliban leader Sher Bahadur Abbas Stanikzai met Indian Ambassador Deepak Mittal. In a statement issued by the Ministry of External Affairs, it was said that the request for the meeting came from the Taliban. Apart from the meeting, Abbas Stanikzai also talked about political, economic, commercial and cultural relations with India in a 45-minute video statement.

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