Topic: GS2 – International relations.
- The Afghanistan Embassy in Delhi has permanently closed down as of November 23, according to an official statement.
Additional information on the news:
- The closure is attributed to pressure from both the Taliban rulers in Kabul and the Government of India.
- The embassy had ceased operations on September 30 when Afghan diplomats and the ambassador left India, citing unmet objectives related to visa extensions and the Indian government’s conduct.
- The official statement notes that despite an eight-week wait, the desired outcomes were not realized, leading to a challenging decision for the embassy.
- The closure is deemed to be in the “best interest of Afghanistan,” and the responsibility now lies with Indian authorities to decide on the future course of action.
- The diplomatic presence of the pre-Taliban regime in Afghanistan concludes with the permanent closure of the embassy.