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The consulates of Turkey and Russia in Mazar-e-Sharif, Afghanistan’s fourth largest city, have been closed.
- Can reach Kabul in a month or two
The US decision to completely withdraw forces from Afghanistan and the increasing occupation of the Taliban has increased India’s concern. In such a situation, India is considering the evacuation of civilians and officers posted at various places in the war-torn neighboring country.
India has had a large presence in Afghanistan since the influx of US forces in 2001 and the fall of the Taliban. India has been helpful in forming a democratic government there. According to Indian government sources, talks are going on. It is not yet clear whether all the people should be called back or the rest should be called leaving some important staff there.
According to the report, apart from the cities of Afghanistan, the situation has worsened in the hinterland. In view of the security arrangements, the operation of embassies and commercial offices of the Government of India has become very difficult. The Taliban has captured a third of Afghanistan’s 421 districts. In one to two months he can capture the capital Kabul.
Other countries also started closing consulates
Fearing the increasing occupation of Afghanistan, many other countries have started closing their consulates. The Turkish and Russian consulates in Mazar-i-Sharif, the capital of northern Balkh province and the fourth largest city in Afghanistan, have been closed. His diplomats have left the city.
Iran said it had limited activities at its consulate. Munir Farhad, spokesman for the provincial governor of Balkh province, said on Tuesday that the consulates of Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, India and Pakistan have reduced services.
Four embassies of India, one military training center
In the last 10 years, India has invested more than $2 billion in Afghanistan. Apart from the Embassy of India in Kabul, there are also four consulates. There is also a military office, which used to train soldiers and police forces. The consulates in Jalalabad and Herat are closed, while two commercial offices are functioning in Kandahar and Mazar Sharif. The two embassies together have a staff of 500 people.
Now the Embassy of Kabul is America’s big concern
America’s biggest concern now in Afghanistan is its embassy and other diplomatic missions. There are 1400 US citizens in the embassy. There is also a staff of 4000 people, which is like a small village. Although it has its own security personnel deployed. At the same time it comes in the Green Zone of Kabul. Large walls have been built on its outskirts. Afghan soldiers stand guard. Nevertheless, there is a security risk.