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There is no better way to address the security threat emanating from ISIS and other terrorist groups in Afghanistan than by co-opting the Taliban, asserts Ambassador M K Bhadrakumar.
While India’s External Affairs Minister S. Jaishankar is doing a masterly job to canvass support for the Biden administration’s project to delay any constructive engagement with the Taliban government in Kabul by the international community until Washington gets its act together, on a parallel track, the Anglo-American axis has been working systematically to re-engage the Taliban.
In this connection, the overnight trip by UK Minister for the Armed Forces James Heappey to Uzbekistan on September 21-22 was actually a working visit to put in place the logistics for a sustainable engagement with the Taliban government.
US Deputy Secretary of State Wendy Sherman swiftly followed it up this week in Tashkent.
Heappey made a ‘field trip’ to Termez where a massive Soviet era air base is located.
The intention seems to have been to assess the possible use of Termez to open a ‘humanitarian corridor’ towards Afghanistan.
There is a huge groundswell of opinion in the world community, repeatedly highlighted by the UN agencies and Secretary-General Antonio Guterres in recent weeks, that a humanitarian catastrophe is unfolding in real time in Afghanistan.