New Delhi: Afghanistan has announced to completely close its embassy in India from today. The embassy said the decision was taken due to lack of support from the host government and failure to serve Afghanistan's interests. The embassy said, "The embassy is not getting support from the host government, which has hampered our operations."
New Delhi: Afghanistan has announced to completely close its embassy in India from today. The embassy said the decision was taken due to lack of support from the host government and failure to serve Afghanistan’s interests. The embassy said, “The embassy is not getting support from the host government, which has hampered our operations.”
“It is with great sadness, regret and disappointment that the Embassy of Afghanistan in New Delhi announces this decision to close its operations. Although this decision is deeply regrettable, Afghanistan and India It has been taken after careful deliberation keeping in mind the historical relationship and long-term partnership between the two,” The statement said.
The embassy said in a statement, “We acknowledge our shortcomings in meeting the expectations and requirements necessary to serve the best interests of Afghanistan and its citizens due to the lack of diplomatic support in India and the absence of a legitimate government in Kabul.” “The lack of timely and adequate support in everything from visa renewals for diplomats to other critical areas of cooperation has created frustration among our teams and hampered our ability to effectively carry out routine duties.”
The diplomats had earlier informed the Ministry of External Affairs of their plans to close the embassy through an unsigned diplomatic correspondence, a note verbale sent on 25 September. In a statement issued on Saturday, the diplomats acknowledged the shortcomings in serving the interests of Afghanistan and its citizens.
While the Consuls General in Mumbai and Hyderabad were appointed by the Ashraf Ghani government, which was ousted by the Taliban in mid-2021, reports have emerged, including a post by a Taliban spokesperson on X, that they both work with the regime in Kabul. Doing it for many months.
Let us tell you that no response has come from the Government of India on these statements made by the Afghan diplomats. At the same time, there are other reports in the media about the closure of the Afghan embassy, that all this is happening because of the internal strife in Afghanistan. Ever since the Taliban government dominated Afghanistan, there have been voices of opposition.
However, Afghan officials are denying this. The embassy said the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) was earlier informed of its decision to suspend operations in New Delhi. It said, “This communication accurately represents our decision-making process and closing factors.”
It also urged the government to protect the interests of Afghans who live, work, study, trade and engage in various activities in India. The embassy denied any “baseless claims” of internal strife among its diplomatic staff or any diplomats using the crisis to seek refuge in a third country.