Indian Envoy to Qatar Deepak Mittal met Sher Mohammad Abbas Stanikzai Taliban’s head of political office in Doha.
This is the first meeting between Indian Diplomats and Talibans leaders which has been made public.
Sher Mohammad Abbas Stanikzai had trained with the Indian Army between 1970-1980. He speaks English and has travelled across the globe. In 1996 he was the Foregin Minister of the Taliban when the group first gained power under Mohammad Omar four years after the Mujhadeen toppled the Mohammad Najibullah’s Communist government.
The Ministry of External Affairs, India notified the media about the meeting held between Deepak Mittal and “Sheru” in Doha. The focus of discussion was centred around not using Afghanistan soil for anti-India terrorism activities and safe withdrawal of Indian nationals in Afghanistan.