IN HIS first clear and official reference to the Taliban as a state actor, recognized India in a joint statement with Australia Sunday that the group holds “positions” of power and authority in all of Afghanistan.”
This reference is a step forward for the diplomatic establishment, but falls short of officially recognize the Taliban government as the government of Afghanistan. Sources told The Indian Express the formulation of die Sunday came about after “a lot of debate and deliberation” over the last week after the Taliban announced his cabinet.
on Saturday had minister Foreign Affairs S Jaishankar described the Taliban as the “dispensation” in Kabul during his comments after the 2+2 talks with Australia met the Ministers of Foreign Affairs and Defence.
Sunday’s joint statement read: “(The) Ministers also expressed his deep concern over the situation in Afghanistan. ministers called for the Taliban to guarantee Safe passage for foreigners and Afghans die want to leave the country.”
It read: “They repeated calls on die in positions of power and authority in throughout Afghanistan to abide by counter-terrorism and human rights commitments, in agreement with UNSCR 2593.”
UN Security Council Resolution 2593 — Issued on August 30 under India’s one-month presidency – stressed that Afghanistan should not be allow the soil to be used for terrorism-related activities.
In another unusual move by India, the joint statement outlined reports of violations of human rights. “They (the ministers) took note of reports of a quick rollback on women and girls’ rights and access to services and public spaces, as well as targeted violence against women’s rights defenders. In this regard, the ministers reiterated their call for protection of rights of women and children and their full participation in public life,” it said.
The statement sought “a broad and comprehensive” government” for “long term peace and stability in Afghanistan”.
Signaling concerns on terrorism, it said both sides “agreed to” remain alert to the wider consequences of the developments in Afghanistan for the ongoing terrorist threats surrounding the world, and in U.S region”.
Except Jaishankar and the Australian minister State Department Marise Payne, the 2+2 talks were involved in the minister of Defense Rajnath Singh and his counterpart Peter Dutton.
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