Dr S Jaishankar – External Affairs Minister :
Briefed the Floor Leaders of all political parties today on Afghanistan.
37 leaders from 31 parties attended. Thank them all.
There is longstanding national sentiment on Afghanistan. Therefore there is national concern now at developments.
We are gathered with a national spirit.
Our strong friendship with the people of Afghanistan is reflected in the more than 500 projects we have there.
This friendship will continue to guide us. India’s footprint and activities naturally keep in mind the ongoing changes.
We have undertaken evacuation operations in extremely difficult conditions especially at the airport. Our immediate concern and task is evacuation and long term interest is the friendship for the Afghan people.