Jaishankar discusses Afghan
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NEW DELHI: India’s External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar on Wednesday discussed developments related to Afghanistan with United Kingdom’s Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab.

Jaishankar spoke to Raab over a telephone call after which he posted on Twitter “Nice speaking again to UK Foreign Secretary @DominicRaab. Conversation focused on Afghanistan related developments.”

The situation in Afghanistan has been deteriorating after Taliban seized control of the war-ravaged country earlier this month. On August 15, the Afghan government fell soon after President Ashraf Ghani left the country.

S. Jaishankar and Dominic Raab

The US-led forces also exited the country on August 31 and before that on Sunday, UK Defence Ministry announced that the last aircraft carrying members of the British military had left Kabul airport.

It was third time that the two ministers discussed Afghanistan crisis in length since the country fell to Taliban on August 15. Prior to this, the two leaders talked on August 19 and August 15.

“Nice speaking again to UK Foreign Secretary @DominicRaab. Conversation focused on Afghanistan related developments,” Jaishankar tweeted. Besides, they also discussed India and the UK bilateral relations and the ways to further strengthen it.

India is reaching out to all its friendly foreign countries in the wake of evolving situation in Afghanistan. 

He also had a discussion with his Iranian, Canadian and Omani counterparts. “A warm congratulatory call to Iranian FM @Amirabdolahian. Agreed to strengthen our bilateral cooperation. Discussed pressing regional issues,” he said.

NEW YORK: External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar chairs the UN Security Council Open Debate on ‘Technology and Peacekeeping’ at UN headquarters, in New York on Wednesday, 18th August. (ANI Photo)

He also thanked Tehran for extending support during repatriation drive of stranded Indians. “Appreciate Iran’s facilitation of our repatriation flights from Afghanistan,” he added.

“Good to talk to Omani Foreign Minister @badralbusaidi. Discussed Afghanistan and Covid. Thank Oman for supporting our repatriation flights,” he added.

Meanwhile, Jaishankar is set to visit Slovenia, Croatia and Denmark from September 2-5, as part of a tour to review the bilateral relationship with the three Central European countries.