Mullah Mohammad Yaqub, the Taliban’s defense minister, has stated that maintaining defense relations with India is not a problem, but that diplomatic relations between the two countries must first be restored.
Mullah Yaqub, the son of Afghan Defense Minister and Taliban founder Mullah Mohammad Omar, stated in an interview with Indian television that the Taliban were willing to send Afghan security forces to India for training if relations between the two governments returned to normal.
Also, Mullah Yaqub asked the Indian government to reopen its embassy in Kabul and let the Taliban ambassador take charge of the Afghan embassy in New Delhi.
If India sends diplomats back to Afghanistan, the Afghan Ministry of Defense is willing to provide a variety of security guarantees. He stated that we desire good relations with all nations, including India.
The Afghan government, according to Mullah Yaqub, would not permit Pakistan or India to use Afghan territory against each other. Through dialogue, the two nations should resolve their differences.
The Afghan government has good relations with Pakistan, he said, so border incidents between Pakistan and Afghanistan should not be taken too seriously.
Mullah Yaqub expressed gratitude to India for its humanitarian assistance to Afghanistan.
The Afghan Defense Minister was interviewed during a visit to Kabul by a delegation led by Indian Foreign Secretary GP Singh.
The Taliban’s foreign ministry issued a statement indicating that Indian officials had informed them that they desired improved relations with Afghanistan and would continue to provide assistance.
Foreign Minister Amir Khan Mottaki stated that India should resume its projects in Afghanistan and restore diplomatic ties.