India's special envoy on Afghanistan S K Lambah resigns

New Delhi, July 11: India's special envoy on Afghanistan S K Lambah, who was actively involved in the discussions for rehabilitation and reconstruction of the war-ravaged country, has resigned.

New Delhi, July 11: India's special envoy on Afghanistan S K Lambah, who was actively involved in the discussions for rehabilitation and reconstruction of the war-ravaged country, has resigned.
''I voluntarily resigned. At my request, I have been relieved,'' Lambah, who took charge of his assignment last November, told reporters.

Lambah denied that he had put in his papers following a change of guard at the ministerial level with Yashwant Sinha swapping places with Jaswant Singh.

''In my judgement, my work is over,'' Lambah said adding that a transitional government was in place in Afghanistan and the Indian embassy had become operational in Kabul.

Lambah's appointment, made at the instance of Jaswant Singh, had the cabinet approval and was open-ended.

''I could have continued for a year or more. But the job for which I was assigned has been completed,'' he said.

Lambah, former Indian ambassador to Pakistan, represented the country in international negotiations for the establishment of an interim administration to replace the ousted Taliban regime.

He played an active role in the reopening of the Indian embassy in December last soon after the interim regime under Hamid Karzai was installed.

Lambah was involved at the crucial Bonn talks and also visited Tokyo, Geneva, Rome and the US to coordinate India's approach as part of the international efforts to rebuild Afghanistan.

Bureau Report

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