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‘Deeply appreciate American efforts’: S Jaishankar discusses Afghanistan situation with US counterpart

External Affairs Minister Dr S Jaishankar and US Secretary of State Antony J Blinken on Monday had a telephonic discussion over the recent developments in Afghanistan.

The Taliban on Sunday sealed a nationwide military victory as it took over the last major city outside of Kabul held by the country’s central government after President Ashraf Ghani left the country to “prevent flood of bloodshed”.

“The Taliban have won with the judgement of their swords and guns, and are now responsible for the honour, property and self-preservation of their countrymen,” Ghani said in a statement on Facebook, his first since fleeing.

Jaishankar in a tweet said that he discussed latest developments in Afghanistan with his US counterpart and underlined the urgency of restoring airport operations in Kabul.

“Discussed latest developments in Afghanistan with @SecBlinken. Underlined the urgency of restoring airport operations in Kabul. Deeply appreciate the American efforts underway in this regard,” he tweeted.

He further said that India is monitoring the situation in Kabul continuously and that it “understands the anxiety of those seeking to return to India”. “Airport operations are the main challenge. Discussions on with partners in that regard,” he said.

State Department spokesperson Ned Price also said the two top diplomats discussed the situation in Afghanistan.

Taliban’s co-founder and its political head Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar on Sunday said that the insurgent group’s victory, which saw all cities of the country fall to them in just 10 days, was unexpectedly swift and had no match in the world.

In a video message, he said the real test would begin now with meeting the expectations of the people and serving them by resolving their problems, Al Jazeera reported.

 

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