Describing the state of affairs in Afghanistan as “troublesome, dire and problematic”, Farid Mamundzay, the nation’s ambassador to India, has stated Delhi ought to convey to the Taliban that in the event that they lower ties with “regional terrorist teams” and quit violence to turn into a part of the “mainstream society”, it can proceed to help and help Afghanistan politically and diplomatically.
In an unique interview to The Indian Categorical, Mamundzay stated Indian improvement tasks — roads, faculties, dams amongst others — are “in danger” if the safety state of affairs deteriorates additional. The exit of US troops has had the Taliban overrunning massive swathes in Afghanistan, particularly within the northern provinces which have been by no means below their management.
India has dedicated about USD 3 billion in the direction of tasks in all 34 provinces of Afghanistan.
“Taliban are Afghans. As we speak or tomorrow, they are going to discuss to us. They’ll discuss to the Afghan folks and Afghan authorities. And we would like the Taliban to let go of violence, lower ties with worldwide terrorist teams, and turn into a part of the mainstream polity of the nation in a peaceable method, in a peaceable method,” Mamundzay stated.
“Engagement of India with the Taliban is one thing that we can’t formally verify at this stage. However in fact, robust messages from India would definitely assist convey messages of slicing ties with regional terrorist teams. Messages that India would proceed to help Afghanistan ought to Taliban turn into a part of the mainstream society once more. India would proceed to help Afghanistan in schooling, politically, diplomatically.”
“These would go a good distance, I hope, with the Taliban. Taliban would realise that ought to they let go of violence, ought to they turn into a part of the mainstream society, India would proceed to companion with Afghanistan. So these are a few of the messages that the Indian authorities can ship to the Taliban,” he stated.
The ambassador, who got here to India nearly 4 months in the past and is fluent in Hindi, stated Delhi’s choice to evacuate its Indian personnel from the consulate in Kandahar was to keep away from any “potential” and “undesirable disaster”.
He stated the choice was taken after the Afghan authorities’s assessments confirmed that safety was an “situation” in Kandahar.
On Mazhar-e-Sharif, town within the north the place India has one other consulate, he stated assessments at present present that safety is “not a significant problem at this stage”. “However in fact, if the state of affairs begins to deteriorate, then we might get to a stage the place we must evacuate there as effectively,” he stated.
Requested whether or not Afghanistan has sought navy help from India, he stated the federal government has “not but formally requested India for any navy help”. He stated at present they have help from the US and the NATO forces, and they’re “ample sufficient” and the Afghan nationwide safety forces “have the capability of utilising these assets and belongings”.
“Ought to we require extra help, sure, we will definitely be looking for help from India. However as of proper now, there aren’t any such requests from our aspect to the Indian authorities,” he stated.
He stated there may be “a component of worry that exists amongst peculiar Afghans” that in the event that they don’t get help to safe Afghanistan and fight the Taliban, they’d “actually be heading again” to the mid-Nineties period when the Taliban took management of the nation.
He stated Pakistan holds “appreciable quantity of affect and leverage with Taliban”, and Kabul’s request to Islamabad has been to “productively utilise their affect to carry Taliban to the negotiating desk, to make them comply with a course of which might make this area prosper”.
Following the withdrawal of US troops, he stated China, Russia, Saudi Arabia and the UAE are enjoying a task within the present state of affairs.