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External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar on Saturday said that the “rapid deterioration of the security situation” in Afghanistan is a serious matter.

“A peaceful and stable Afghanistan requires that the rights and interests of all sections of society are promoted and protected,” Jaishankar added in a tweet, after meeting Qatar envoy Mutlaq bin Majed Al-Qahtani.

Since United States President Joe Biden announced in April that he would pull back troops from Afghanistan, the Taliban have taken control of several districts in the country.

Al-Qahtani, whose official title is Special Envoy of the Foreign Minister of Qatar for Counter-terrorism and Mediation in Conflict Resolution, is on a visit to India to discuss the developments in Afghanistan, PTI reported.

He also met Foreign Secretary Harsh Shringla on Saturday.

In February 2020, a landmark agreement between the United States and the Taliban was signed in Doha, the capital of Qatar. Under the agreement, the US and Nato allies agreed to withdraw all troops from Afghanistan within fourteen months of the deal. The Taliban, on its part, agreed that it would not let Al-Qaeda or any…

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