India resumes diplomatic relations with Kabul

India has a long-standing relationship with the Afghan people . The Taliban regime in Afghanistan hasnt been recognized by the country .

NEW DELHI: India extended its diplomatic presence in Kabul on Thursday by deploying a team in its embassy in the Afghan capital, more than ten months after withdrawing its troops from the mission following the Taliban's capture of power.An Indian technical team was dispatched to Kabul on Thursday, according to the ministry of external affairs (MEA), who posted a tweet announcing the deployment in the embassy there.The embassy was restored three weeks after an Indian team led by JP Singh, the MEAs point person for Afghanistan, visited Kabul and met with acting Foreign Minister Mawlawi Amir Khan Muttaqi and some other Taliban dispensation members.According to reports, the Taliban side had assured the Indian team that if India sent its officials to Kabul's embassy, they would have adequate protection.

The MEA has maintained that the embassy was not closed because only India-based officials were brought back home and that the local staff remained at the mission.According to the Singh-led team's visit to Kabul recently, another Indian team travelled to Kabul to monitor the delivery of our humanitarian assistance to Afghanistan and met with senior Taliban officials.During the visit of the MEA team, the agency said an investigation of the security situation was also conducted.The MEA said that our long-standing ties with Afghan society and our development alliance, which includes humanitarian assistance to the Afghan people, would continue to guide our approach going forward.

According to sources familiar with the situation, India decided to re-establish its diplomatic presence in Kabul owing to its strategic ambitions.It was sad that the team led by Singh travelled to Kabul to supervise the delivery of India's humanitarian aid and meet with senior Taliban figures.Muttaqi, according to Afghan foreign ministry spokesperson Abdul Qahar Balkhi, was one of the teams meeting with him on June 2 to emphasize Indias diplomatic presence as well as the provision of consular services to Afghans.The delegation was welcomed to Kabul by the acting foreign minister, who called it a positive start in ties between the two countries.

Deepak Mittal, India's envoy to Qatar, met senior Taliban leader Sher Mohammad Abbas Stanekzai at the Indian embassy in Doha in September last year.India sent relief equipment to the earthquake-stricken Afghan population on Thursday, in a corresponding development.The aid was sent the day after India declared it would continue to assist Afghanistan in its time of need after the war-torn country was hit by a massive earthquake that killed around 1,000 people.Kabul is the first shipment of Indias earthquake relief funds to the Afghan people.

According to External Affairs Ministry Spokesperson Arindam Bagchi, further shipment follows.India delivered a slew of humanitarian aid to Afghanistan in the last few months.To resolve the country's unfolding humanitarian crisis, India has been pitching for free humanitarian assistance to Afghanistan.The Taliban regime in Afghanistan hasn't been recognized by the country.

The participating countries pledged to work towards ensuring that Afghanistan does not become a safe haven for global terrorism and recommended that Kabul be a co-operative city with representation from all sections of the Afghan population.