New Delhi: In a bid to rescue civilians stranded in Afghanistan after the Taliban capture Kabul, External Affairs Minister (EAM) S Jaishankar on Saturday (August 21) called on his German counterpart Heiko Maas to discuss evacuation challenges in the Afghan nation. called.
External Affairs Minister Jaishankar said in a tweet, “Appreciate the call of Foreign Minister of Germany @HeikoMaas. Discussed the evacuation challenges in Afghanistan and the policy implications of the changes there.”
Appreciate the call of the External Affairs Minister @hicomas of Germany.
Discussed evacuation challenges in Afghanistan and the policy implications of the changes there.
– Dr. S. Jaishankar (@DrSJaishankar) 21 August 2021
Earlier on Thursday, Jaishankar, while addressing reporters at the UN Security Council, said that India is working with international partners, mainly the US, to bring back stranded Indian nationals from Afghanistan.
“We are working with international partners in this regard, especially the US, as they control the airport,” Jaishankar was quoted as saying by PTI.
In addition, he thanked the French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian as France had taken some Indians from Afghanistan to Paris. “So, I think it was the right thing to do. But in the longer perspective, we have historical ties with the Afghan people and I think that relationship will continue to guide our views.
India was evacuated from all around 80 Indian nationals from Kabul by a transport military aircraft of the Indian Air Force on Saturday, reported PTI. The plane landed at Dushanbe in Tajikistan from Kabul, while it is expected to reach Hindon airbase near Delhi in the evening.
India has so far evacuated 200 people, including the ambassador and other staff of its embassy in Kabul, on two C-17 heavy-lift transport aircraft of the Indian Air Force. Taliban capture Kabul on Sunday (August 15).
During this, 150 Indian nationals who were intercepted by Taliban and taken to an undisclosed location near Kabul airport for questioning and verification of travel documents on Saturday, released later. Earlier, news reports claimed that the Taliban had abducted some people, including 150 Indians, near the Kabul airport. The Taliban rejected this claim.