The Afghanistan embassy in New Delhi has officially announced its permanent closure, citing persistent challenges from the Indian government as the primary reason. This decision comes after the embassy had already ceased operations on September 30, hoping for a favorable change in the Indian government’s stance.
Background and Rationale
- The embassy clarified that the closure should not be seen as an internal conflict or a result of diplomats switching allegiance to the Taliban.
- Instead, it attributes the decision to broader changes in policy and interests, emphasizing the challenges faced in maintaining normal diplomatic operations.
Appreciation to Afghan Citizens in India
- Expressing gratitude to the Afghan citizens in India, the embassy acknowledged their understanding and support throughout its tenure.
- Despite limitations in resources and power, the embassy claimed to have worked tirelessly for the betterment of Afghan citizens in the absence of a legitimate government in Kabul.
Decline of Afghan Community in India
- The embassy highlighted a significant decline in the Afghan community in India over the past two years and three months.
- Afghan refugees, students, and traders have been leaving the country, with the number nearly halving since August 2021.The issuance of new visas during this period has been very limited.
Commitment to Transparency and Accountability
- Assuring the Afghan community that the mission operated with transparency and accountability, the embassy emphasized its commitment to fair treatment based on historic ties and bilateral relations with India.
- It addressed efforts to tarnish its image and hinder diplomatic efforts, particularly regarding the presence and work of Taliban-appointed diplomats.
Diplomatic Handover to Indian Government and Future Considerations
- The embassy has handed over the mission solely to the Indian government, leaving it to decide the fate of the mission, including the possibility of handing it over to Taliban diplomats.
- It’s worth noting that the embassy had initially announced the closure of its operations on November 1, citing “lack of resources” and the “failure to meet Afghanistan’s interests” by the Taliban regime.
Questions Related to Exams
Q1. Which country has officially closed its embassy in India permanently?
Q2. Who is currently serving as the acting prime minister of Afghanistan?
Solution: Mohammad Hasan Akhund.