U.S., U.K. special envoys on Afghanistan to visit Delhi this week

The tenth Herat Safety Dialogue in Dushanbe, Tajikistan.
| Photograph Credit score: Suhasini Haider

Days after U.S. and EU representatives met with former Afghan leaders at an anti-Taliban convention in Dushanbe, two senior Western diplomats will journey to Delhi this week to satisfy and transient Indian officers on the newest steps in Afghanistan. On Monday, U.S. Particular Consultant for Afghanistan, Thomas West, is anticipated to satisfy with senior officers within the Ministry of Exterior Affairs, together with the purpose individual for Afghanistan and Pakistan, J.P. Singh, and Deputy Nationwide Safety Advisor, Vikram Misri, throughout a stopover in Delhi. Mr. West, who met with counterparts in Tokyo on Friday, will head to Abu Dhabi after his conferences in India, the place he’ll meet officers, and Afghans in exile. On Thursday, the U.Ok. Prime Minister’s Particular Consultant for Afghanistan and Pakistan, Nigel Casey, will meet with the officers as effectively.

“Particular Consultant West will seek the advice of with companions and Afghans concerning the humanitarian and financial crises in Afghanistan, safety of Afghans’ rights, and shared safety considerations,” the U.S. State Division stated saying the go to final week, and added that Mr. West will interact with the “Afghan diaspora, together with human rights, enterprise, political, and media leaders on handle these challenges”.

A lot of former Afghan officers, together with former President Ashraf Ghani, reside in Abu Dhabi at current, after he fled final August. Final week, greater than 100 former officers and Afghan leaders, a lot of whom had fled Afghanistan after the Taliban takeover of Kabul in August 2021, met for the primary time on the ‘Herat Safety Dialogue’ in Tajikistan, together with the European Union’s Particular Consultant, Tomas Niklasson, and the U.S. Cost d’Affaires for the Embassy to Afghanistan that has relocated to Doha, Karen Decker.

In the meantime, in an unprecedented transfer, the Taliban regime lastly allowed former President Hamid Karzai, one of many few Afghan leaders who determined to remain on in Kabul after the Ghani authorities fell, to go away the nation for the primary time. Mr. Karzai, who had earlier deliberate to go to India in June, and was additionally invited to different nations, had been stopped from leaving by the Taliban regime. On Saturday, his former Finance Minister, Omar Zakhiwal, introduced that that they had each left Kabul, posting an image on social media, and added that they might each return to Afghanistan “quickly”.

Mr. Karzai is anticipated to go to Germany by way of the U.A.E., and likewise go to different European nations on his first journey out, the place he’ll bear well being check-ups, meet his son who’s at college in Germany, and meet with each Western officers and Afghan diaspora members there.

“After months of being beneath de facto home arrest, it’s important that [former] President Karzai shall be travelling to Europe,” Afghanistan’s former Overseas Minister Rangin Dafdar Spanta advised The Hindu. “The go to of an integrative determine like the previous President…will give hope for the folks of Afghanistan at the moment,” he added.

The visits of envoys to Delhi and Mr. Karzai’s go to overseas comes at a time the U.S. and EU are believed to be stepping up efforts to push the Taliban’s “interim authorities” in the direction of talks for a extra inclusive authorities in Kabul. Nonetheless, the Taliban has up to now not proven any inclination to maintain guarantees made within the Doha Settlement, and to Western officers, that it’ll settle for sharing energy with different leaders, enable secondary schooling for women, or raise new decrees limiting ladies’s employment and motion within the nation. Of explicit concern has been a extreme “downslide” within the human rights state of affairs in Afghanistan, together with the general public flogging of 14 women and men by the Taliban in Logar province, harking back to Taliban atrocities throughout its earlier rule from 1996-2001.

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