India’s focus is more on helping people of Afghanistan, less political: Minister

India’s external affairs minister S. Jaishankar. Source: All India Radio

Indian External Affairs Minister S. Jaishankar at a press conference on Thursday said India has sent back a technical team to its embassy in Kabul to monitor the situation and see how New Delhi can support Afghanistan’s people.

Jaishankar said that right now the focus in Afghanistan is less political and more on helping the people of Afghanistan.

“We pulled back the India-based diplomats and staff after the Taliban took control of Kabul because we had legitimate security concerns, a lot of other countries also did it,” he said. “With the passage of time, we have sent back a technical team to the embassy. They have been there for some time and their job is essentially in a sense to monitor the situation and to see how we can support the Afghan people in their hour of need in a manner.”

In response to a question about the status of India-Afghanistan relations, he said Afghanistan had a vaccine shortage, wheat shortage and medicine shortage and that there are projects that will get into difficulty with the passage of time.

“The focus right now in Afghanistan is less, I would say, political. It is more like helping the Afghan people because Afghan people are people with whom we have a historical connection,” he added.

Back in March, India’s Ministry of External Affairs said there had been no change in India’s position on not recognizing the Taliban set up in Afghanistan.