India’s Statement On Afghanistan

SRINAGAR: Reacting to the situation in Afghanistan, the MEA spokesman Arindam Bagchi, earlier in the day, said the security situation in the war-torn country has deteriorated significantly in the last few days.

“The security situation in Kabul has deteriorated significantly in the last few days. It is changing rapidly even as we speak,” he said in a brief statement.

“We have been issuing periodic advisories for the safety and security of Indian nationals in that country, including calling for their immediate return to India,” he said. “We had circulated emergency contact numbers and had also been extending assistance to community members. We are aware that there are still some Indian nationals in Afghanistan who wish to return and we are in touch with them.”

The statement mentioned the Afghan minorities and those who partnered with India in the promotion of development and education.

“We are in constant touch with the representatives of Afghan Sikh and Hindu communities. We will facilitate repatriation to India of those who wish to leave Afghanistan,” the statement said. “There are also a number of Afghans who have been our partners in the promotion of our mutual developmental, educational and people to people endeavours. We will stand by them.”

Bachi added: “The situation in Afghanistan is being monitored on a constant basis at high levels. The government will take all steps to ensure the safety and security of Indian nationals and our interests in Afghanistan”.

The statement came a few hours after Congress issued a statement urging the government that is there is an urgent need to revisit India’s geopolitical interests and its impact on Jammu and Kashmir.

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