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Afghan embassy in Indian capital shuts down

Xinhua | Updated: 2023-11-24 16:26

A notice with emergency numbers is seen at the entrance of the Afghan embassy in New Delhi, India, Nov 24, 2023. [Photo/VCG]

NEW DELHI - Afghanistan's Embassy in the Indian capital New Delhi has been closed permanently, the Embassy of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan said in a statement on Friday.

"The Embassy of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan in New Delhi regrets to announce the permanent closure of its diplomatic mission in New Delhi, effective from Nov 23, 2023," the statement said.

In 2021, the Taliban took control of Afghanistan. The Indian government does not recognize the Taliban government.

It had initially allowed the Afghan Embassy to continue functioning under Ambassador Farid Mamundzay and mission staff appointed by erstwhile President Ashraf Ghani to stay in place, issuing visas and handling trade matters.

In September, the ambassador and senior staff left for Europe and the United States to seek asylum, and the embassy said it was suspending operations.

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