India evacuates staff from Kandahar consulate as Taliban advances

India evacuates staff from Kandahar consulate as Taliban advances

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According to Indian media reports, more than 50 diplomats and other staff of the Afghan consulate in Kandahar have been evacuated in view of the “fierce fighting near the city of Kandahar”.

The fighting began when the Taliban tried to regain control of the country, and the United States withdrew its forces nearly two decades later.

The consulate officials flew to Delhi by air force plane.

“India is closely monitoring the evolving security situation in Afghanistan. The safety and security of our personnel is paramount,” Indian foreign ministry has said in a statement.

“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. I want to emphasize that this is a purely temporary measure until the situation stabilizes,” dded the statement by External Affairs Ministry spokesperson Arindam Bagchi.

“The Consulate continues to operate through our local staff members,” added the statement by External Affairs Ministry spokesperson Arindam Bagchi,” he went on to say.

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