India and United States strengthen partnership amid Afghan crisis

India and United States strengthen partnership amid Afghan crisis

As developments in Afghanistan pose new challenges, India and the United States are doubling down on their partnership.
Government sources said on the ground in Kabul that the United States is giving priority to Indian planes at the airport which is currently under its control, to allow India to evacuate its embassy staff and officials in a Indian air force plane. It helped India move quickly and in virtually no time.
On Wednesday, the Taliban reportedly erected roadblocks and checkpoints in various parts of Kabul, severely affecting the movement of people heading to the airport. Kabul airport is under US control, which sources here say India is counting on to force its population out of Afghanistan in the coming days.
Foreign Minister S Jaishankar discussed Afghanistan with his US counterpart Antony Blinken minutes after arriving in New York on Tuesday. Shortly after, he tweeted: “Discussed the latest developments in Afghanistan with @SecBlinken. Stressed the urgency of restoring the operations of the Kabul airport. I deeply appreciate the ongoing American efforts in this regard. ”
Reports indicate that the United States will have nearly 6,000 troops to secure Kabul airport in the coming days. NSA Ajit Doval also had a conversation with his US counterpart Jake Sullivan about the future of Afghanistan.
India and the United States, sources say, may have had divergent views on how to deal with Afghanistan, but in the changed environment, greater convergences are being built. .
In the changing geopolitical context, especially in the wider region, growing political convergences between Russia, China, and Pakistan, especially with a Taliban-ruled Afghanistan in the center, are bringing the United States and India closer together. This could have major implications for regional security and competition from major powers.
The new informal grouping could have Qatar and Turkey playing peripheral but important roles. For example, reports have indicated that the supposed “deal” to put the Taliban back to power in Afghanistan has been reached in Turkey, while Qatar has pledged to facilitate the movement of diplomats and foreigners out of Kabul.
Russia says it has kept its diplomats in Kabul and Russian Ambassador to Afghanistan Dmitry Zhirnov was quoted by Moscow radio station Ekho Moskvy: “The situation in Kabul is better now (under the Taliban) than it is. was not under Ashraf Ghani.
On Tuesday, the Taliban leaders drove into Kandahar from Pakistan, once again underlining the close relationship between them.


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