India has withdrawn its diplomats and security personnel in view of the deteriorating situation in Afghanistan and the increasing hold of Taliban in Kandahar. In the wake of the Taliban’s rapid capture of key areas of Kandahar and rising security concerns in western Afghanistan, it is reported that India has temporarily closed the consulate in Kandahar. But the Indian government has denied this and said that the consulate of India in Kandahar was not closed.
Foreign Ministry spokesperson Arindam Bagchi said that the Consulate General of India in Kandahar has not been closed. However, due to the fierce fighting near the city of Kandahar, all the staff of India have been brought back for the time being. I would like to emphasize that this is a purely temporary measure till the situation stabilizes. For the time being, the Consulate will continue to operate through our local staff members.
The Consulate General of India in Kandahar has not been closed. However, due to the intense fighting near Kandahar city, India based personnel have been brought back for the time being: MEA Spokesperson Arindam Bagchi pic.twitter.com/hTc89gs9Pk
— ANI (@ANI) July 11, 2021
India has withdrawn nearly 50 diplomats and security personnel from its consulate in the southern Afghan city in the wake of Taliban’s occupation of new areas around Kandahar. A special Indian Air Force aircraft was sent on Saturday to bring home Indian diplomats, officers and other personnel, including a group of Indo-Tibetan Border Police personnel, an official said.
Earlier also, the Indian Embassy in Kabul said on Tuesday that there were no plans to close the embassies and consulates in Kandahar and Mazar-e-Sharif. Two days ago, the Ministry of External Affairs said that it was monitoring the deteriorating situation in Afghanistan and its impact on the security of Indian citizens.
Foreign Ministry spokesperson Arindam Bagchi had said in a press conference on Thursday that we will take steps according to the situation. After nearly two decades of presence in Afghanistan, the US wants to complete the process of withdrawal of its security forces by the end of August. At the same time, there have been several terrorist attacks in Afghanistan for the past few weeks amid the withdrawal of US security forces.
At least two foreign missions have suspended operations in Mazar-i-Sharif, capital of northern Balkh province, in the wake of escalating violence in the region. Amid growing concerns in India over the deteriorating situation in Afghanistan, Ambassador of Afghanistan Fareed Mamundje on Tuesday apprised Foreign Secretary Harsh Vardhan Shringla about the situation in Afghanistan.
The Indian embassy last week asked all Indians who have traveled to, live and work in Afghanistan to exercise utmost caution regarding their safety and avoid all non-essential activities in view of the increasing incidents of violence in various parts of the country. Avoid travel. In an advisory, the embassy said the security situation in Afghanistan “remains alarming and terrorist groups have carried out a number of dangerous attacks including targeting civilians and Indian nationals are at additional” serious risk of kidnapping.
India has been supportive of a national peace and reconciliation process led, owned and controlled by Afghanistan. Afghanistan’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Hanif Atmar visited India in March. During this, External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar had apprised him of India’s long-standing commitment to a peaceful, sovereign and stable Afghanistan.