According to Indian media, Indian officials are evaluating the security situation in Afghanistan, and the possibility of reopening its mission. A few Indian diplomats may return to Kabul to resume consular services and monitor relief distribution.

As reported by the sources, the embassy’s reopening plan does not include sending senior diplomats; instead, the embassy will likely function primarily with employees for liaison purposes, which could include consular services.

The Hindustan Times, one of India’s most widely circulated daily newspaper, reported on June 8 that the decision did not imply engagement with or recognition of the Taliban, quoting Foreign Ministry officials.

Consistent with the Indian reports, during the delegation’s meeting with Taliban Foreign Minister Amir Khan Muttaqi, the resumption of Indian consular activities in Kabul was discussed.

Christian Fair stated three days ago that the Taliban had not discontinued their long-standing ties with ISIS, Lashkar-e-Taiba, and Jaish-e-Muhammad, putting India’s security at risk and rendering the Taliban unable to protect Indians in Afghanistan.

However, the Hindustan Times reported that a team of Indian security officials visited Kabul in February to closely monitor security.

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  • Saqalain Eqbal is an Online Editor for Khaama Press. He is a Law graduate from The American University of Afghanistan (AUAF).