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Afghan Diplomats to Participate in India’s Online Training Program

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The Foreign Ministry of Afghanistan informed its diplomats to participate in the training programme provided by India from March 14 to March 17, according to a memo released by the Ministry in Kabul.

The Taliban Foreign Ministry’s director general of diplomacy, Mufti Nurullah Azzam, has released the memo. It stated that informal information regarding a short-term course offered by the Indian Institute of Management (IIM) to staff members of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs had been obtained from the Indian Embassy.

The Taliban diplomats will participate in the training by India for the first time since the Taliban took over Kabul in August 2021.

However, sources said the Course is sponsored by the Indian Technical and Economic Cooperation Program (ITEC), which belongs to the Indian Foreign Affairs and is open to students “across the world, including in Afghanistan”.

“This is only an online course available worldwide, including to Afghan students. While none of the students is being invited to India, we are not discriminating against Afghan nationals, and anyone can avail of the Course,” an Indian government official said, saying that New Delhi does not recognize the Taliban, or its MFA, or its diplomats.

The Course will give the delegates a deeper understanding of Indian business, environment, culture, history, and regulatory ecosystem, according to ITEC’s websites.

However, most of the Afghan students who have been stuck in Afghanistan since the takeover of the Taliban reacted angrily to the online Course for Taliban, saying that they were not able to finish their education in India as a result of New Delhi’s cancellation of all visas since then.

These include students who went home to Afghanistan mid-studies due to the Covid lockdown and could not return to complete their degrees, including those who won scholarships from the Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR) in 2021.

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