The Afghan embassy in India has been closed permanently, with the Afghan government citing “constant pressure” from the Taliban and the Indian government. The closure comes amid a deepening diplomatic crisis between the two countries, following the Taliban’s takeover of Afghanistan in August 2021.
“The decision to close the embassy was not taken lightly,” said a spokesperson for the Afghan government. “However, we felt that it was the best course of action in order to protect the safety and security of our staff.”
The Taliban has been accused of pressuring the Afghan government to close the embassy, and of threatening the lives of Afghan diplomats in India. The Indian government has also been criticized for its handling of the situation, with some accusing it of failing to provide adequate security for the embassy.
The closure of the Afghan embassy in India is a major setback for the Afghan government, and it is likely to further isolate the country from the international community. It is also a blow to the Afghan people, who will now have to find other ways to access consular services.