Indian government's first-ever official delegation visited Afghanistan for the first time since the Taliban takeover of Afghanistan in August 2021. India closed its mission in Kabul soon after the Taliban entered the city in the same month.
The official team was led by a senior official Mr.J P Singh from the Ministry of External Affairs met Taliban Foreign Minister Amir Khan Mottaqi and visited a hospital, a school, and a power plant in Kabul. Mr.J P Singh, Joint Secretary in charge of Pakistan, Afghanistan and Iran (PAI) in the MEA. In the past, he has met Taliban officials in Doha, Qatar.
The purpose of the visit was to evaluate and oversee ‘delivery operations of our humanitarian assistance’ to Afghanistan.
In the first-ever meeting, the diplomates discussed diplomatic relations between Afghanistan and India, bilateral trade, and humanitarian assistance. The visit and the discussion were recognized as a ‘good start’ between the two countries.
In the humanitarian assistance, the Indian government dispatched several shipments consisting of 20,000 MTs of wheat, 13 tons of medicines, 500,000 doses of Covid vaccine and winter clothing.
In an extension, the Indian government gifted one million doses of India-made Covaxin to Iran to administer to Afghan refugees in Iran.