Following the complete seizure of Afghanistan by the Taliban insurgents, India on Monday raised serious concerns over the takeover and described the current situation as ‘critical and challenging’ that will eventually lead to increased poverty in the war-torn nation.
While addressing a high-level UN meeting on the humanitarian situation in Afghanistan, External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar drew attention towards a UNDP report which stated that the levels of poverty in the politically troubled nation could raise from 72 percent to 97 percent.
“India has always supported the UN’s role in Afghanistan’s future. We believe the UNSC resolution 2593 should guide the international community’s approach in dealing with the situation in Afghanistan, Jaishankar said.
Jaishankar said that there has been a change in the political, social, economic, and security situation in Afghanistan that will inadvertently lead to a call for humanitarian needs. The minister also said that India is closely monitoring every development in Afghanistan and would stand by the people just as it was in the past.
“India’s approach is guided by the historical friendship with the people of Afghanistan. And this is to be continued in the case”, the minister added. The minister also asserted that unless commercial flight operation gets normalized, deporting assistance to Afghan people will pose difficult challenges.