First formal talks between Indian government and Taliban in Doha

New Delhi : An Indian envoy met a leader of the terrorist group in Doha, Qatar’s capital. The meeting took place following a request by the new rulers of the strife-hit country.

Ambassador Deepak Mittal, India’s envoy to Qatar, met Sher Mohammad Abbas Stanekzai, Head of Taliban’s Political Office in that country, according to a press release from the Ministry of External Affairs. They met at the Indian Embassy in Doha, the statement said.

India raised its concern over the use of Afghanistan’s territory by terrorists, while Stanekzai assured him that these issues would be positively addressed, according to the release.

“Discussions focused on safety, security, and early return of Indian nationals stranded in Afghanistan. The travel of Afghan nationals, especially minorities, who wish to visit India also came up,” it said. “Ambassador Mittal raised India’s concern that Afghanistan’s soil should not be used for anti-Indian activities and terrorism in any manner.”

Stanikzai, the Taliban representative Ambassador Mittal spoke to today, trained with the Indian Army between 1979 and 1982 — three years in the Army Cadet College, Nowgaon, and then at the Indian Military Academy, Dehradun.

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