In New Delhi, there is growing concern about a possible revenge of the Taliban.
Secretary of State Antony Blinken will visit India for the first time next week, where the head of the American diplomatic department, in particular, will make a speech in support of the current authorities of Afghanistan. In New Delhi, fears are growing about the revenge of the Taliban against the background of the end of the US military mission in Afghanistan.
According to officials, during his first visit to India, Blinken will also try to resume joint work on the supply of vaccines against COVID-19 and will explore opportunities for improving security and cooperation in cyberspace.
Blinken will meet with Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Foreign Minister Subrahmanyam Jaishankar on Wednesday during a trip on Wednesday, and then visit Kuwait.
Dean Thompson, a senior State Department official in charge of South Asia affairs, said Blinken would welcome India’s “commitment to peace and support for economic development in Afghanistan,” where New Delhi has invested about $ 3 billion since the Taliban regime was overthrown after the September 11, 2001 attacks.
“We expect that all countries in the region are interested in a stable and secure future for Afghanistan, and therefore we will definitely discuss with our Indian partners how we can work together to achieve this goal,” Thompson said in an interview with reporters.
President Joe Biden ordered to end the longest war in the history of the United States by the end of August.
India’s support for the Afghan government, including New Delhi’s assistance in the construction of a new Afghan parliament building, has aroused the suspicions of India’s historical rival, Pakistan, which has always been a leading supporter of the Taliban regime.
India recently evacuated 50 diplomats from its consulate in Kandahar, although New Delhi said that the consulate staff will return as soon as the security situation improves.
Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin previously visited New Delhi as part of his first foreign trip, but Blinken’s trip was postponed due to the Covid-19 outbreak in India.
The Biden administration sees India as a key partner in the fight against Covid-19. In March, a deal was signed with India to produce one billion doses of the COVID-19 vaccine with the support of the United States, Japan and Australia.