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India resumes diplomatic mission in Afghanistan

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KABUL: India has resumed its diplomatic mission in Afghanistan after sending a technical team to its embassy in Kabul, more than ten months after it was closed following the Taliban’s takeover of the war-torn country.

New Delhi said the team was sent to the Indian embassy to monitor humanitarian assistance. This is as an Indian Air Force aircraft with earthquake relief landed in Kabul on Thursday.

“For the effective delivery of humanitarian assistance and in continuation of our engagement with the Afghan people, an Indian technical team has reached Kabul today and has been deployed in our Embassy there,” Indian ministry of external affairs said in a statement on Thursday.

New Delhi has sent 27 tonnes of emergency relief assistance for the people in Afghanistan after a deadly earthquake jolted the nation, killing at least 1,000 people.

The relief assistance consists of items including family ridge tents, sleeping bags, blankets and sleeping mats.

“The government of India, as a true first responder, has dispatched 27 tonnes of emergency relief assistance in two flights for the people of Afghanistan,” it said in a statement.

“As always, India stands in solidarity with the people of Afghanistan, with whom we share centuries old ties, and remains firmly committed to provide immediate relief assistance for the Afghan people,” it added.

This is India’s first permanent diplomatic presence in Afghanistan since it closed the embassy and flew its ambassador and 120 diplomatic staff out of Kabul in August last year.

New Delhi had bolstered its ties with previous Afghan governments and maintained a large diplomatic presence in the country, with four consulates and the Kabul embassy operating in Afghanistan. It pumped more than $3 billion in infrastructure development and other programmes in the country following the defeat of Taliban.

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