Afghan crisis: CIA chief, Russian security head in Delhi

William Burns

New Delhi: Chief of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) William Burns and Russian Secretary of the Security Council General Nikolay Patrushev are in New Delhi, reports said, adding that they were here to discuss the developments in Afghanistan with top Indian officials.

While Burns met National Security Advisor (NSA) Ajit Doval on Tuesday, Patrushev will meet with Prime Minister Narendra Modi, NSA Doval and External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar today.

The Taliban has appointed Mohammad Hasan Akhund, a close aide to the group’s late founder Mullah Omar, as head of Afghanistan’s new caretaker government, weeks after it took control of the country in a rapid offensive.

Taliban’s chief spokesperson Zabihullah Mujahid told a press conference that the new Afghanistan government will only be ‘acting’ and will be headed by Mullah Akhund. The second deputy will be Maulvi Hannafi, confirmed the Taliban.

 

NT Bureau