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Afghanistan Embassy In New Delhi Announces Permanent Closure - Here's All About It

Earlier, on November 1, the Afghan embassy in New Delhi made an announcement on the possible closure of its operations citing 'lack of resources' and 'failure to meet Afghanistan's interests' by the Taliban regime.

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Amid ongoing speculations about closure, the Afghnaistan embassy in New Delhi finally released an official statement confirming the same on Friday. Earlier, on November 1, the Afghan embassy in New Delhi made an announcement on the possible closure of its operations citing 'lack of resources' and 'failure to meet Afghanistan's interests' by the Taliban regime.

What did the embassy say in the statement?

The offiicial statement read, "Effective from November 23, 2023 owing to persistent challenges from the Indian government. The decision follows the embassy's earlier cessation of operations on September 30, a move made in the hope that the Indian government stance will favourably change to let the mission operate normally."

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As per media reports, the embassy also cited that it was 'cognisant' that some may attempt to characterise this move as an internal conflict, allegedly involving diplomats who switched allegiance to the Taliban, adding "that this decision is a result of broader changes in policy and interests".

It added that the Afghan embassy "exerted diplomatic pressure in its power on those who defy the will of the Afghan people by failing to form an inclusive government and denying millions of girls the right to attend school".

"The diplomats of the Afghan Republic have handed over the mission solely to the Indian government. It now rests upon the Indian government to decide the fate of the mission, whether to maintain its closure or consider alternatives, including the possibility of handing it over to Taliban diplomats. The responsibility of diplomats appointed by the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan has officially come to an end. The unfortunate end of the Republic mission marks the conclusion of the Afghan Republic in India," it added.

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"We have considered the historic events and current circumstances carefully in arriving at this conclusion. We also extend our heartfelt gratitude to the people of India for their support and assistance to Afghanistan over the past 22 years. We reiterate our commitment to serving the people of Afghanistan and will continue to explore avenues to support our nation in these challenging times," the statement concluded.

Afghan diplomats in India

As of now, there are no diplomats from the Afghan Republic in India.

Those who served in the national capital have safely reached third countries, the embassy informed through its release, adding that the only individuals present in India are diplomats affiliated with the Taliban, visibly attending their regular online meetings.

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