External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar said that Prime Minister Narendra Modi has directed the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) to brief the leaders of political parties in view of the recent developments in Afghanistan. Jaishankar tweeted, “In view of developments in Afghanistan, PM Narendra Modi has directed the Ministry of External Affairs to brief the floor leaders of political parties. Parliamentary Affairs Minister Pralhad Joshi will give further details.”
This comes at a time when the Indian government is evacuating its citizens from the war-torn country in the wake of the fall of Kabul at the hands of the Taliban.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi chaired a meeting of the Cabinet Committee on Security (CCS) on August 17 and directed all concerned authorities to take all necessary measures to ensure the safe evacuation of Indian nationals from Afghanistan in the coming days. Meanwhile, the Ministry of External Affairs has said that the government is committed to the safe return of all Indian nationals from Afghanistan. The MEA said that the main challenge for travel to and from Afghanistan is the operational status of the Kabul airport.
India on Sunday brought back around 400 people on three different flights. Another group of 87 Indians and two Nepalese nationals were brought back in a special Air India flight from Dushanbe.
In the last few days, 135 Indians evacuated from Kabul to Doha by US and NATO planes were sent back to Delhi on a special flight. On August 15, the Taliban entered Rashtrapati Bhavan in the Afghan capital on Sunday and declared their victory over the government after months of violence in Afghanistan.