No clarity about any entity forming govt in Kabul: India

New Delhi, Aug 27: India said on Friday that the situation on the ground in Afghanistan is very uncertain, and there is no clarity about any entity forming a government in Kabul.

Ministry of External Affairs spokesperson Arindam Bagchi, answering queries at a media briefing, said that the situation in Afghanistan following the Taliban takeover on August 15 is very fluid.

“The situation on the ground is uncertain, as you all know. The prime concern is the security and safety of the people.”

Asked if India is prepared to recognise a Taliban regime in Afghanistan, he said: “Currently there is lack of clarity or no clarity about any entity forming a government in Kabul… So I think we are jumping the gun here regarding recognition.”

“We of course continue to monitor the situation very carefully; this is an evolving situation, and we are in touch with all stakeholders,” he added.

Ever since taking over Kabul, the Taliban have been holding talks with different politicians and groups across Afghanistan, as well as envoys of foreign countries, including Qatar and China. Though the Taliban announced a few days ago that they are close to announcing formation of a government there has been no movement so far.

According to reports, the Taliban are planning to set up a caretaker government that will include leaders from all ethnicities and tribal backgrounds in the country.

Referring to the statement issued on Thursday night, the spokesperson said that India has issued a statement strongly condemning the deadly suicide bombings outside Kabul airport.

“We are in touch with various countries and partners,” he said, adding that Prime Minister Narendra Modi and External Affairs Minister S. Jaishankar have been holding conversations with partners on Afghanistan.

He said the conversations were also taking place at the Foreign Secretary level and at the level of senior officials.

“It is a matter of concern that this kind of security situation happened there. We will continue to be closely in touch with all our partners on this issue,” he said.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has discussed the Afghan situation in his telephone call with Russian President Vladimir Putin and with German Chancellor Angela Merkel, while Jaishankar has held talks with his counterparts from Germany, the US, France and Britain, among other countries.

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