Taliban have sought Indian investment and revival of New Delhi-supported infrastructure projects in the country during a meeting last week.
A meeting took place between the Taliban minister for Urban Development and Housing (MUDH) Hamdullah Nomani and the head of India’s technical team in the country, Bharat Kumar.
While India in the past had been instrumental in helping to build major infrastructure projects in Afghanistan, from the Parliament building in Kabul to the India-Afghanistan friendship dam in Herat, things slowed down after the Taliban took over Afghanistan.
Around 433 High Impact Community Development Projects have been completed with Indian financial support in all 34 provinces of Afghanistan.
The Taliban takeover of Afghanistan in August last year saw many upheavals and the implementation of projects was struck. New Delhi had also evacuated its diplomats out of the country after the Taliban’s come back.
In June, India announced that it will deploy its technical team with a focus on the delivery of humanitarian assistance.
“India has a historical and civilizational relationship with the Afghan people. In order to closely monitor and coordinate the efforts of various stakeholders for the effective delivery of humanitarian assistance and in continuation of our engagement with the Afghan people, an Indian technical team has reached Kabul”, MEA in a statement had said. The team consists of diplomats and other officials.
The meeting took place between the Taliban’s minister for Urban Development and Housing (MUDH) Hamdullah Nomani and the head of India’s technical team in the country, Bharat Kumar.
Taliban’s Suhail Shaheen told WION, “Meeting focused on matters relating to the resumption of the work of incomplete projects previously initiated by India. Also, Indian participation in investment in building new Kabul city.” He also guaranteed the security of Indian investment in the country.