Kabul, Mar 14 (EFE).- The Taliban government is set to join an Indian online professional training program for foreign delegates on New Delhi’s invitation, marking the first official participation of the Islamists as Afghan government representatives vis-a-vis India.
The course, which kicked off on Tuesday, is being organized by India’s foreign affairs ministry through the Indian Technical and Economic Cooperation Programme, aimed at government officials from other countries.
“There is an online program for our staff capacity building for enhancing professional capacities” organized by India, Afghanistan’s foreign ministry spokesperson Ahmad Zai Takel confirmed to EFE.
Titled “Immersing with Indian thoughts,” the four-day program is set to provide the participants with a deep understanding of the business environment, cultural heritage and the regulatory ecosystem of India.
It also seeks to impart the basic principles of “leadership insights, social and historical backdrop, legal and environmental landscape, consumer mindsets and business risks,” according to ITEC.
This is the first formal invitation received by the Taliban government from India, which does not recognize the Islamists’ government, in power since the group seized Kabul on Aug. 15, 2021.
The invite was made by India’s diplomatic mission in Kabul through a verbal message to the Afghan foreign ministry personnel, Afghan media reported.
The development suggests a thaw between New Delhi and the Taliban without the need for the former to formally recognize the Islamist regime.
During the previous Afghan regime between 2001-2021, India had explored several bilateral development opportunities in different areas. EFE