Monday, April 15, 2024

Modi, Biden Discuss Afghanistan in White House

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Ayanangsha Maitra
Ayanangsha Maitra
Ayanangsha Maitra is an independent experienced journalist who contributes to Khaama Press as a freelancer on regional issues covering China, Iran, India, Bangladesh and Pakistan

The recent state visit of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi to the United States has garnered praise and sparked debates for various reasons. However, one aspect that has received scant attention is the discussion held between the two leaders regarding the ongoing Afghan crisis. President Joe Biden of the United States and Prime Minister Narendra Modi emphatically reaffirmed their unwavering support for “a peaceful, secure, and stable Afghanistan.”

It is important to acknowledge that Afghanistan holds enduring significance for this dynamic duo, representing the two largest democracies in the world.

In the US, Prime Minister Modi and President Biden acceded that it is necessary to continue providing immediate humanitarian assistance to  Afghans, emphasizing the importance of addressing their immediate needs and ensuring their well-being. 

PM Modi and President Biden urged the leadership in Kabul to comply with the directives outlined in UNSC Resolution 2593. This resolution specifically highlights the imperative of preventing Afghan territory from being employed as a base for threatening or attacking other countries. It also emphasizes the necessity of denying safe havens and training facilities to terrorists and curbing the planning and financing of terrorist activities.

India and the US both have significant roles in reshaping the war-torn Afghanistan.  The both nations put lots of effort and pumped billions of money into Afghanistan for its development and reconstruction. Since the regime change in August 2021, the global perception of Afghanistan has significantly shifted. However, the current regime in Kabul faces numerous reforms in order to gain recognition from the international community. Even nations considered friendly towards Afghanistan are expressing discontent with the current establishment’s manner, functionality, and inflexible nature.

The Taliban, since assuming power, has encountered a myriad of challenges in effectively governing the nation, resulting in profound and widespread suffering among the populace. The socio-economic fabric of the nation of 41 million lies in ruins, with the economy crippled and in a state of disarray.

Providing humanitarian aid to Afghanistan is crucial and imperative in addressing the dire circumstances faced by million of hungry people. Since the regime change, the country has been grappling with multiple challenges that have led to widespread suffering. The deteriorating economy has plunged the nation into a state of turmoil, exacerbating the already precarious living conditions. In such a situation, humanitarian assistance becomes a lifeline, offering vital support in areas such as healthcare, food security, and shelter.

Access to aid can alleviate the immediate suffering of the Afghan population, provide basic necessities, and contribute to stabilizing the situation, fostering hope for a better future.

“Committing to continue close consultations on the situation in Afghanistan, the leaders emphasized the importance of the formation of an inclusive political structure and called on the Taliban to respect the human rights of all Afghans, including women and girls, and to respect freedom of movement,” reads point no 33 of the joint statement, issued by the White House.

When President Biden and PM Modi raise such concerns, it’s time for the establishment in Kabul to rethink their structure and style of functioning. The establishment in Kabul must comply with the directives outlined in UNSC Resolution 2593 to get foreign support.  While in the United States, Prime Minister Modi eagerly awaited President Biden’s participation in the G20 Leaders’ Summit in New Delhi in September 2023.

It is noteworthy that India presently holds the presidency of the G20. To secure a consistent flow of humanitarian aid, the leadership in Afghanistan must undertake credible actions that can persuade Washington, New Delhi, and elite clubs like the G20.


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