In a meeting on the sidelines of the UN Security Council’s emergency meeting in New York, Minister for External Affairs S Jaishankar and US Secretary of State Antony Blinken agreed to work together in light of the turmoil in Afghanistan.
“Secretary Blinken and minister Jaishankar discussed Afghanistan and agreed to continued coordination,” US state department spokesperson Ned Price said in a readout of the call.
The United States, which has been chastised for its handling of the army withdrawal from Afghanistan, is concentrating its efforts on evacuating US residents from the war-torn country before the Taliban firmly establishes authority. India is keeping a careful eye on the developments in Afghanistan and its many ramifications for the region’s geopolitical situation.
In previous bilateral talks with UN Security Council members, Jaishankar discussed the situation in Afghanistan following the Taliban’s takeover of Kabul. He also discussed the issue with UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres.
India’s approach to Afghanistan, according to the external affairs ministry, will be driven by its relationship with the Afghan people.
The United Nations Security Council met for the second time in ten days to assess the situation in Afghanistan, where a democratically elected government crumbled in weeks in the face of an overwhelming Taliban attack. The UN has encouraged the Taliban to keep its “promises,” including promises to provide amnesty to former government employees, show inclusiveness for women and allow girls to remain in school.