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Afghanistan Says May Seek India ‘Military Assistance’ If Taliban Talks Fail

Talks between the Taliban and the Afghanistan authorities look to be really fizzling out.


  • However the help sought wouldn’t contain sending troops, Afghan envoy stated
  • He stated India’s assist could possibly be searched for coaching and technical help
  • One-third of Afghanistan is in lively struggle with Taliban, stated the envoy

New Delhi:

The federal government of Afghanistan might, at some future level, search India’s army help if talks with the Taliban fail amid a withdrawal of US troops from there, the nation’s Ambassador to India has stated. He, nevertheless, made it clear that the help sought wouldn’t contain sending troops however could possibly be in areas like coaching and technical help.

Representatives of the Taliban and the Afghanistan authorities have been holding talks amid the insurgents’ rising management over the nation even because the US seems to be to wind up its nearly two-decade battle there by the top of August.

Nonetheless, the peace talks supposedly going down in Doha have largely fizzled out, and the Taliban now seem set on a whole army victory, AFP reported as we speak.

“Ought to we not get to a stage within the peace course of with the Taliban, then perhaps a time (will come) the place we might be looking for India’s army help, extra army help within the years forward,” Farid Mamundzay, Afghanistan’s Ambassador to India, informed NDTV.

“We aren’t looking for India’s help with sending troops to Afghanistan. Their footprint in Afghanistan to struggle our battle wouldn’t be wanted at this stage,” he clarified.

He defined how, as an illustration, how the Air Drive is an space the place his nation would require help in and that extra alternatives could possibly be explored on this entrance. The envoy cited pilot coaching, for which India is “naturally a spot” it will need involvement from.

“India has additionally, once more, helped us with two key parts, one was to assist with offering us army coaching (and) scholarships for our cadets,” Mr Mamundzay stated.

On the civilian entrance, he listed the 1,000 annual scholarships India gives, the 20,000-odd Afghan college students finding out right here now, the constructing of the brand new Afghan parliament, and the development of dams, apart from different infrastructure tasks.

The present state of affairs in Afghanistan is “very dire” and “very problematic”, with the federal government forces actively combating the Taliban in round 150 of the 376 districts, the Ambassador stated.

“So one-third of the nation is in lively struggle… Over two lakh folks have been displaced internally within the nation since April 2021 alone, with near 4,000 killed,” he stated.

The insurgents have swept by a lot of northern Afghanistan in latest weeks and the federal government now holds little greater than a constellation of provincial capitals that should largely be strengthened and resupplied by air, AFP reported as we speak.

The Taliban have, nevertheless, stated they don’t need to battle authorities forces inside cities.

Referring to the latest killing of twenty-two authorities forces personnel, Mr Mamundzay stated: “This occurred within the province of Faryab final month the place 22 of our particular forces had been brutally murdered by Taliban at a time after they had been surrendering.”

“We had been below the belief that Taliban would take the peace course of severely and they’d negotiate a long-lasting and dignified peace with the Afghan authorities, but they selected the trail of violence.”

On Sunday, India evacuated diplomats and safety personnel from its Kandahar consulate within the wake of intense combating.

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