CIA chief met Ajit Doval, discuses Afghan affairs

CIA chief met Ajit Doval, discuses Afghan affairs

New Delhi: Amidst Taliban government formation in Kabul, an American delegation of intelligence and security officials, led by Chief of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) William Burns met National Security Adviser Ajit Doval on Tuesday. 

William Burns visiting Asia, including India and Pakistan, held a consultation with Mr. Doval, discussed Afghanistan affairs, including the government formation of Taliban anointing the US named terror Mullah Mohammad Hasan Akhund as Prime Minister. 

Along with the west, India was evacuated Indian nationals from Afghanistan and its embassy staff. However, China, Russia, and Pakistan have decided to continue their Embassy in Kabul. 

Besides US intelligence officials meeting with their Indian counterpart, the Russian Secretary of the Security Council General Nikolay Patrushev will meet with Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Mr. Doval and External Affairs Minister S. Jaishankar, the MEA said. A meeting will be held on Wednesday; officials will discuss Afghanistan affairs and Taliban government formation. 

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India has evacuated 565 people, including 112 Afghan nationals on special military flights, and issued e-visas to few people; more than a thousand people have applied for e-visas and expressed their wiliness to seek refugee in India, instead of Pakistan. 

Before visiting India, Mr. Burns visited Kabul on August 23 and met Taliban deputy leader Abdul Ghani Baradar, who is become foreign affairs minister in the Taliban government. Mr. Burns was a former diplomat who earlier visited India as the key nuclear deal negotiator. 

US security personal visit to India gets significant as both US and Russia have taken a different stand on Afghanistan affairs.