Indiaís ambassador to Qatar held talks with a top Taliban leader on Tuesday, the Indian foreign ministry said, the first formal diplomatic engagement since the Taliban took over Afghanistan.
The envoy, Deepak Mittal, met Sher Mohammad Abbas Stanekzai, the head of the Talibanís Political Office in Doha, at the request of the Taliban, the foreign ministry said.
The foreign ministry said the two sides discussed the safety of Indians left behind in Afghanistan, Reuters reported.
Mittal also conveyed Indiaís fears that anti-India militants could use Afghanistanís soil to mount attacks, the foreign ministry said.
"The Taliban representative assured the ambassador that these issues would be positively addressed," the foreign ministry said.
The talks come days after Stanekzai was quoted in the local press as saying that the Taliban wanted political and economic ties with India, Reuters reported.
There was no immediate comment from the Taliban on the talks with the Indians, Reuters reported.
"Ambassador Mittal raised Indiaís concern that Afghanistanís soil should not be used for anti-Indian activities and terrorism in any manner," the foreign ministry said.