The overbearing presence of Pakistan, often suspected of double games, may actually be opening avenues for India, more thoroughbred, patient and stable in its approach.
The envoy expressed happiness over the safe return of Indians from Afghanistan following the Taliban takeover of that country whose citizens now face an uncertain future.
50 diplomats, ITBP men evacuated from Kandahar consulate; MEA says temporary move, but monitoring situation
Media reports of a secret meeting between Indian foreign minister S Jaishankar and Taliban officials in Doha, Qatar, were quickly denied by the government.
US President Trump had asked India to play a greater role in war-torn Afghanistan, much to the dislike of Pakistan.