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Afghanistan crisis: PM Modi directs high-level group to focus on ‘immediate priorities’

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has recently directed a high-level group to focus on the “immediate priorities” of India in view of the evolving situation in Afghanistan, said sources on Tuesday. The high-level group comprises of External Affairs Ministry (EAM), National Security Advisor (NSA) and senior officials.

According to sources, this group has been meeting regularly over the last few days and it has deliberated on issues pertaining to the safe return of stranded Indians and minorities in Afghanistan and ensuring that Afghan territory is not used in any manner for terrorism directed against India.

The group has also been monitoring the ground situation in Afghanistan and international reactions, including the resolution passed this morning by the UN Security Council (UNSC), added the sources.

Over the last couple of days, India has been in continuous touch with key members of the UNSC over the issue of Afghanistan.

The issue was also the subject of External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar’s phone conversation with US Secretary of State Antony Blinken and high-level official contacts with other members last week.

Foreign Secretary Harsh Vardhan Shringla was chairing the UNSC meet under the Indian presidency in which the resolution on Afghanistan was adopted.

 

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