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Jaishankar to brief House leaders on Afghan situation

Parliamentary Affairs Minister Pralhad Joshi said the briefing, which will be conducted in person, will take place at 11 am on Thursday in the Parliament House Annexe.

By: Express News Service | New Delhi |
Updated: August 24, 2021 2:27:47 am
Foreign Minister S Jaishankar india talibanEach side currently has around 50,000 to 60,000 troops along the Line of Actual Control (LAC) in the sensitive sector. (File Photo)

External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar will brief the parliamentary leaders of various political parties on August 26 on the developments in Afghanistan in the wake of the takeover by the Taliban.

Parliamentary Affairs Minister Pralhad Joshi said the briefing, which will be conducted in person, will take place at 11 am on Thursday in the Parliament House Annexe.

“Floor Leaders of Political Parties would be briefed by EAM @DrSJaishankar on the present situation in Afghanistan, on 26th August, 11am in the Main Committee Room, PHA, New Delhi. Invites are being sent through email. All concerned are requested to attend,” Joshi tweeted.

Jaishankar said Prime Minister Narendra Modi had instructed the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) to brief the floor leaders of the political parties.

“In view of developments in Afghanistan, PM @narendramodi has instructed that MEA brief Floor Leaders of political parties.

Minister of Parliamentary Affairs @JoshiPralhad will be intimating further details,” Jaishankar had tweeted earlier.

The government’s briefing is expected to focus on its evacuation mission from Afghanistan as well as its assessment of the situation in that country.

The Taliban swept across Afghanistan this month, seizing control of almost all key cities, including Kabul, following the withdrawal of US forces.

As part of its evacuation mission in Afghanistan, India has brought around 730 people, including members of the Afghan Sikh and Hindu communities, to the country.

On Monday, 146 Indian nationals returned by four different flights from Qatar’s capital Doha, days after they were evacuated from Afghanistan by NATO and American aircraft in view of the deteriorating security situation.

On Sunday, 392 people, including two Afghan lawmakers, were evacuated in three different flights under the evacuation mission.

The Taliban seized control of Kabul on August 15. Over the next two days, India evacuated 200 people, including the Indian envoy and other staffers of its embassy in the Afghan capital.

The first evacuation flight brought back over 40 people, mostly staffers at the Indian embassy, on August 16. The second aircraft evacuated 150 people including Indian diplomats, officials, security personnel and some stranded Indians on August 17.

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