India evacuates staff from Kandahar consulate as violence intensifies

India on Sunday stated it had evacuated its personnel working in its consulate in Afghanistan’s Kandahar as a result of intense combating in close by areas, clarifying that its diplomatic mission was not closed.

This comes within the wake of studies that India had closed its consulate in Kandahar within the wake of a sweeping offensive by the Taliban to retake essential cities and cities in Afghanistan after the withdrawal by the US-led forces from the nation. Based on studies, the Taliban have captured greater than 120 districts of Afghanistan with authorities forces answerable for about 75. Some US estimates have advised that Kabul may very well be taken over by the Taliban in six months to a yr.

“India is intently monitoring the evolving safety scenario in Afghanistan. The protection and safety of our personnel is paramount,” Indian international ministry spokesman Arindam Bagchi stated.

“The Consulate Common of India in Kandahar has not been closed. Nevertheless, as a result of intense combating close to Kandahar metropolis, India-based personnel have been introduced again in the interim,” he stated.

“I wish to emphasize that it is a purely non permanent measure till the scenario stabilizes. The Consulate continues to function by our native employees members,” he clarified.

“Preparations are being made to make sure continued supply of visa and consular companies by our Embassy in Kabul,” he stated including “as an vital accomplice of Afghanistan, India stays dedicated to a peaceable, sovereign and democratic Afghanistan.”

India had 4 consulates and an embassy in Afghanistan. Indian consulates have been opened in Herat,Kandahar, Mazar-e-Sharif and Jalalabad with the embassy in Kabul. New Delhi closed its Jalalabad and Herat consulates in April 2020 given the covid-19 pandemic however didn’t reopen them afterward given the US plans to withdraw from Afghanistan.

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