Thursday, January 20, 2022

Govt says, friendship with Afghan people matters to India; Jaishankar briefs leaders of political parties on present situation in Afghanistan

External Affairs Minister Dr. S. Jaishankar on Thursday said that the government and the opposition parties all have a very similar view on Afghanistan. He said, all parties have a strong national position on Afghanistan. Speaking to reporters after briefing leaders of different political parties in New Delhi, Mr Jaishankar said, the friendship with Afghan people matters to India. He said, there is longstanding national sentiment on Afghanistan and therefore there is national concern now at developments. The Minister added that India’s strong friendship with the people of Afghanistan is reflected in the more than 500 projects India is undertaking there. He said, India’s immediate concern and task is evacuating Indian personnel from Afganistan is the top priority. Mr Jaishankar emphasized that all Indians will be evacuated.

AIR correspondent quoting sources reports that during the meeting the External Affairs Minister highlighted India’s priorities in the current circumstances. He briefed the leaders about evacuation of Indian nationals, safety of diplomatic personnel and assistance to Afghan nationals in distress. He also briefed them about International coordination and humanitarian efforts and upcoming UNHRC Session in Geneva.  The leaders of 31 political parties attended the meeting.

Talking to media after the meeting, senior Congress leader Mallikarjun Kharge said, this is entire country’s problem and stressed the need to work together for interests of people and nation. He added that during the meeting all parties have taken the same view. Former Prime Minister and JD (S) leader H.D. Deve Gowda, NCP Chief Sharad Pawar, Congress leader Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury, TMC MP, Saugata Roy, DMK leader T.R. Ballu, BJD’s Prasanna Acharya and others attended the meeting.

Union Ministers Pralhad Joshi, Piyush Goyal, V. Muraleedharan, Meenakshi Lekhi and Arjun Ram Meghwal are attending the meeting. Foreign Secretary H. V. Shringla and Senior security officials were also present in the meet.

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