Taliban members hold the insurgent group’s flags | Representational Image| Photographer: Wakil Kohsar/AFP/Getty Images via Bloomberg

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The three-day long visit of Saudi Arabia’s Foreign Minister, Prince Faisal Bin Farhan Al-Saud, to India came at a time when the Taliban had firmed its control over Kabul and two weeks after the US completed what was a botched withdrawal from its 20-year long war in Afghanistan. The Saudis were one of the three countries (with the UAE and Pakistan) to recognise the first Taliban regime in 1996. However, today, the geopolitics of the Gulf are different, and representative more of intra-Gulf realpolitik than a unanimous ‘Gulf’ take on regional and international politics.

“They (Taliban) have made commitments to the international community as regards security and as regards not allowing any transnational terrorist…

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