Consultations continue with political parties, ethnic groups about inclusive Govt: Taliban

Taliban takeover a ‘body blow’ to Indian interests in Afghanistan, Analysts


Taliban say consultations continue with leadership of different political parties and ethnic groups on forming an inclusive government in Afghanistan.

In an address on the national radio and television, senior member of Taliban’s political office, Sher Mohammad Abbas Stanikzai said all people from different walks of life will be included in the next government.

He urged Afghans to not leave their country and those who have left, to come back and resume their jobs as the country needs them and their talents.

Analysts say Taliban’s return to power in Afghanistan has caused a major diplomatic setback for India.

Deputy Director of the Asia programme at the US-based Wilson Center, Michael Kugelman, said India has gone from being Kabul’s closest regional partner to one of the region’s most disadvantaged players in Afghanistan.

Echoing similar sentiments, Happymon Jacob from New Delhi’s Jawaharlal Nehru University, said India seems to be out of the game in Afghanistan.

Talking to Al Jazeera, he said at present India’s diplomacy is almost non-existent in Afghanistan and its stakes have dramatically decreased.

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