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Menon in Kabul to review security for Indian missions

Indian Foreign Secretary Shivshankar Menon arrives in Kabul to discuss ways to revamp security to thwart designs of the Taliban and its mentor ISI.

world Updated: Jul 13, 2008 19:47 IST

Amid threats of fresh attacks on Indian assets in Afghanistan following the deadly suicide bombing at its embassy, Foreign Secretary Shivshankar Menon arrived in Kabul on Sunday to discuss ways to revamp security to thwart designs of the Taliban and its mentor ISI.

Menon, who is accompanied by senior officials of the ministries of External Affairs and Home, will discuss with Afghan authorities measures to ensure proper security to Indian missions and about 3,000 Indians engaged in reconstruction and development works in the war-torn country.

The Monday's bombing has sparked fresh worry in New Delhi especially with new intelligence inputs that the Taliban were planning more attacks to target Indian consulates in Kandahar and Jalalabad.

The visit came on the day the Indian embassy began issuing visas again, nearly a week after the massive car bomb attack at its gate left 58 people dead, including Defence Attache RD Mehta, senior IFS officer VV Rao and two ITBP jawans.

Menon will discuss with Afghan authorities ways to thwart and neutralise threats from Taliban and its mentor ISI following Monday's attack, officials said.

"It is not an ordinary review of the security. It is much more than discussing revamp of the security," an official told PTI in New Delhi while talking about Menon's two-day mission but did not elaborate.

Considering the high-level of threat, India has not ruled out deploying Army's Special Forces for security of the embassy in Kabul and consulates elsewhere in Afghanistan.

At present, the security is managed by ITBP personnel.