Want good diplomatic ties with India: Taliban

NEW DELHI: Describing India as a very important country in the region, the Taliban said after India’s Afghanistan conference that they wanted good diplomatic ties with the Indian government. Spokesperson Zabihullah Mujahid also assured that as per the “policy of Islamic Emirates of Afghanistan”, its land will not be used against any country and that Taliban want mutual cooperation.

“Though we are not present in this conference, we firmly believe that this conference is in the better interest of Afghanistan as the entire region is considerate of the current Afghan situation and the participating countries also must be considerate of improving and safeguarding the security situation in Afghanistan and helping the current government to ensure security in the country on its own,” said Mujahid, adding Taliban didn’t have any anxiety about India’s conference. He expressed hope the outcome will be “utilised and implemented”.

A day after the conference, the Indian government said while it is committed to providing humanitarian assistance to Afghanistan, the situation on the ground remained difficult because of a lack of unimpeded access for aid to the country. India is still awaiting Pakistan’s approval for transporting wheat to Afghanistan by road. “India’s support to the people of Afghanistan is very clear. We have been extending support over many years to all the people of Afghanistan. The situation on the ground has become very difficult over the last few months,” said MEA.