rime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday held a meeting with Home Minister Amit Shah, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh, and National Security Advisor Ajit Doval to discuss the developing situation in Afghanistan, sources said.
The meeting was held at the Prime Minister’s Lok Kalyan Marg residence.
India has maintained that it is in a ‘wait and watch’ mode over Afghanistan, and is keeping an eye on the situation.
The meeting comes on a day when Taliban Spokesperson Zabiullah Mujahid said the war in Afghanistan is over, and the formation of a new government will be announced in a few days.
Earlier on Tuesday, India held first talks with the Taliban. Indian Ambassador to Qatar Deepak Mittal met senior Taliban leader Sher Mohammad Abbas Stanekzai and conveyed India’s concerns that Afghanistan’s soil should not be used for anti-Indian activities and terrorism.
The discussions also focused on the safety, security and early return of Indian nationals stranded in Afghanistan and the travel of Afghan nationals, especially members of minority communities to India. The meeting took place at the Indian embassy in Doha at the request of the Taliban side and came two weeks after the outfit seized control of Kabul.
Earlier in the day the Taliban announced that Panjshir became the last of 34 Afghan provinces to fall under their control.