Taliban have said that trade with India through Pakistan is very important and that the group wants to continue Afghanistan’s cultural, economic, political, and trade ties with India like in the past.
Sher Mohammad Abbas Stanekzai, Deputy Head of Taliban’s office in Doha Qatar, said this in a 46-minute video message broadcast on Saturday on the group’s social media platforms and Afghanistan’s Milli Television.
This is the Taliban’s first outreach to India since the group took control of Afghanistan.
“India is very important for this subcontinent. We want to continue our cultural, economic and trade ties with India like in the past,” The Indian Express report quoted Stanekzai as saying.
On the Taliban’s plans for trade, Stanekzai said: “Trade with India through Pakistan is very important for us. With India, trade through air corridors will also remain open.”
Speaking on Afghanistan’s relations with Turkmenistan, Stanekzai listed the Turkmenistan-Afghanistan-Pakistan-India (TAPI) gas pipeline project and said the Taliban would work to address the problems that are holding up the venture once a government is formed.