- S Jaishankar, External Affairs Minister, addresses during the G20 Foreign Ministers meeting on Afghanistan.
- India urges Afghanistan to have a broad-based inclusive government that reflects all sections of Afghan society.
- India’s involvement will be motivated by its historical friendship with the Afghan people.
External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar addressed the G20 nations that the Taliban’s commitment not to allow the use of Afghan land for terrorism in any way should be enforced, and that the world wants a broad-based, inclusive process that includes participation from all segments of Afghan society.
On Wednesday, Mr. Jaishankar, External Affairs Minister, spoke at the G20 Foreign Ministers’ Meeting on Afghanistan which was held on the side-lines of the high-level 76th session of the UNGA.
“International community must come together in response to humanitarian needs. Assistance providers must be accorded unimpeded, unrestricted and direct access,” Mr Jaishankar said in a series of tweets following the virtual meeting.
He further added, “Taliban’s commitment not to allow the use of Afghan soil for terrorism in any manner should be implemented. The world expects a broad-based inclusive process that involves representation from all sections of Afghan society.”
The Taliban swept over Afghanistan last month, gaining control of nearly all major towns and cities against the backdrop of the US troop pullout, which began on May 1. Kabul, the capital city, fell to the Taliban on August 15.
On September 6, the Taliban declared victory over resistance troops in Panjshir, the final holdout province in Afghanistan, completing their control three weeks after taking Kabul.
According to the Taliban, Afghan land will not be misused against any country.
According to Mr. Jaishankar, UN Security Council Resolution 2593 on Afghanistan represents global sentiment and should continue to “guide our approach.” India’s involvement would be motivated by its historical friendship with the Afghan people.”
The resolution, passed in August under India’s Presidency of the 15-nation Council, demanded that Afghan territory not be used to threaten or attack any country, or to harbor or train terrorists, or to organise or finance terrorist actions, and it reaffirmed the significance of combatting terrorism in Afghanistan, particularly those people and organisations listed according to resolution 1267 (1999), and noted the Taliban’s relevant commitments.
It had strongly condemned the heinous attacks on August 26 near Hamid Karzai International Airport in Kabul, claimed by the Islamic State in Khorasan Province, an entity affiliated with the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (Da’esh), which killed and injured over 300 civilians and 28 military personnel.
The Taliban’s criticism of the incident was noted in the resolution.