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"It's early days....take Doha meeting just as a meeting," says MEA

Nirendra Dev

Nirendra DevSep 02, 2021, 05:55 PM IST

"It's early days....take Doha meeting just as a meeting," says MEA

New Delhi: It would be imperative to take Indian diplomat Deepak Mittal's meeting with the Afghan representative at Doha as 'just a meeting' and there may not be much merit in speculating about the future course, MEA spokesman Arindam Bagchi said here on Thursday.

"Let's take the Doha meeting for what it is;...it is just a meeting. These are still very early days," Mr Bagchi told reporters at the weekly briefing.

Answering a volley of questions on whether New Delhi would 'recognise' the new  incoming regimein Afghanistan or what is the 'road map' vis-a-vis India's relationship with the Taliban, he said:"Bina sochey toh kiya nahi hoga humney (Certainly, we have not done anything without anythinking)". 

"...Our primary concern is that the Afghan soil should not be used for terror and anti India activities, you saw that in our statement this is our focus," he said.

On the future road map, the spokesman said, "Let us see what things pan out".

On whether there are scopes or chances of future meetings with Taliban representatives, the MEA spokesman said, "I have no update to share and I don't want to speculate".

To a question, he confirmed no photo was taken of the meeting but such a decision was taken not out of any serious thinking.

Whether India still considers as 'a terror organisation', he said in the present context- "That's not our focus, the focus is that Afghanistan soil should not be used for terror activities" 

He said the government of India is still not aware of what kind of 'representative' government will be coming in Afghanistan.

 

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