Prime Minister Narendra Modi headed a meeting of the Cabinet Committee on Security (CCS) at his residence. The meeting was held in context to the Afghanistan’s current emergency situation and also following the sudden takeover by Taliban two days ago.

The meeting was attended by senior ministers and officials, including home minister Amit Shah, national security advisor Ajit Doval, defence minister Rajnath Singh and finance minister Nirmala Sitharaman and foreign secretary Harsh Vardhan Shringla.

Briefings of the Meet

Indian ambassador to Afghanistan Rudrendra Tandon came back from Kabul earlier in the day as part of India’s emergency evacuation.

The CCS was briefed in detail about the current and evolving security and political situation in Afghanistan. The CCS was also informed about the recent evacuations of Indian Embassy officials and some members of Indian community, as well as some members of Indian media from the war-struck Kabul.

Also Read: Indian Kabul Evacuation: How Indians Were Brought Back from Kabul Embassy Under Taliban’s Nose?

PM Constantly in Touch with Senior Officials

The PM has been constantly in touch with senior officials over the alarming situation. Sources said that he was taking a toll of the situation till late in the night on Monday. He was updated when the flight (with staff of the Indian embassy in Kabul) took off. He instructed that adequate arrangements be made to ensure food for all those who returned at Jamnagar.

Also Read: Afghanistan Emergency: 45 Indians Rescued by IAF, around 200 Indians Stranded in Kabul

External Affairs Minister on the Visit to the UN Security Council Events

External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar could not attend the meeting as he is not in the country.

External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar, who is on a four-day visit to the US to attend UN Security Council events, said the movement of the Indian ambassador and the Embassy staff from Afghanistan to India was a “difficult and complicated exercise” as he thanked those who cooperated and praised the efforts.

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Evacuations Done till Now

A C-17 Globemaster aircraft of the Indian Air Force carrying around 150 people, including diplomats, officials, and some others landed at the Hindon airbase near the national capital.

The second evacuation flight as another C-17 aircraft brought back around 40 people from the Hamid Karzai International (HKI) Airport in Kabul on Monday. It was done as part of India’s emergency evacuation mission that was carried out following coordination with relevant authorities, including US officials handling security at the airport in the Afghan capital.

India Provides E-visa Facility for Afghans

The government has been making endless efforts for a complete evacuation of Indian citizens who are stranded in Afghanistan after the Taliban pressed control over the nation. India has also opened an e-visa facility for Afghans, irrespective of religion amid the crisis.