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India Lets Taliban Representatives Take Embassy in Delhi

After more than two years, the Indian government has pressured the diplomats of Afghanistan’s former NATO puppet government to relinquish the country’s embassy in New Delhi, Al-Jazeera reported Dec. 1. The ambassador of the former Afghan regime complied, and also compelled its consulates to close with this statement: “There are no diplomats from the Afghan Republic remaining in India…. The only individuals present in India are diplomats affiliated with the Taliban.”

Although India funded and backed the resistance of the Northern Alliance and other groups against Taliban governments in Afghanistan in the past, and designated Taliban allies as terrorists, it has aided the Taliban government with wheat shipments over the past two years; has kept its embassy open in Kabul; and has conducted diplomatic contacts there since early 2022, below the level of ambassador.