The Afghanistan Embassy in India introduced Saturday night time that it’s ceasing its operations from October 1, citing a scarcity of help from the host authorities, failure to fulfill expectations in serving Afghanistan’s pursuits, and a discount in personnel and sources.
In a press release, the Afghanistan Embassy in New Delhi mentioned it regrets to announce the choice to stop its operations, efficient October 1, 2023.
“It’s with profound unhappiness, remorse, and disappointment that the Embassy of Afghanistan in New Delhi broadcasts this determination to stop its operations,” the assertion mentioned.
The embassy mentioned that this determination, whereas deeply regrettable, is made after cautious consideration, taking into consideration the historic ties and long-standing partnership between Afghanistan and India.
The Embassy assertion additionally listed key elements affecting its potential to proceed the mission successfully and mentioned that they have been the first causes for the “unlucky closure”.
The Embassy cited a “lack of help from the host authorities”, alleging that it has skilled a notable absence of essential help from the host authorities, which it mentioned hindered its potential to hold out duties successfully.
Failure To Meet Expectations
The mission additionally cited “failure to fulfill expectations in serving Afghanistan’s pursuits” as one of many causes.
“We acknowledge our shortcomings in assembly the expectations and necessities essential to serve the perfect pursuits of Afghanistan and its residents as a result of lack of diplomatic help in India and the absence of a authentic functioning authorities in Kabul,” it mentioned.
It additionally mentioned that because of unexpected and unlucky circumstances, there was a big discount in each personnel and sources accessible to it, making it more and more difficult to proceed operations.
“The shortage of well timed and enough help from visa renewal for diplomats to different essential areas of cooperation led to an comprehensible frustration amongst our crew and impeded our potential to hold out routine duties successfully,” the assertion mentioned.
Given these circumstances, “it’s with deep remorse that we now have taken the troublesome determination to shut all operations of the mission apart from emergency consular providers to Afghan residents until the switch of the custodial authority of the mission to the host nation,” it mentioned.
The embassy has been headed by Ambassador Farid Mamundzay. Mr Mamundzay was appointed by the earlier Ashraf Ghani authorities and he has been working because the Afghan envoy even after the Taliban seized energy in Afghanistan in August 2021.
In April-Could, the embassy was rocked by an influence wrestle within the wake of reviews of the Taliban appointing a cost d’affaires to go the mission, changing Mr Mamundzay. Following the episode, the embassy got here out with a press release that there was no change in its management.
The tussle for energy had erupted after Qadir Shah, who was working as a commerce councillor on the embassy since 2020, wrote to the MEA in late April claiming that he was appointed because the cost d’affaires on the embassy by the Taliban.
India is but to recognise the Taliban set-up and has been pitching for the formation of a very inclusive authorities in Kabul, moreover insisting that Afghan soil should not be used for any terrorist actions towards any nation.
In its assertion, the Afghan Embassy mentioned this step is being taken in the perfect curiosity of the folks of Afghanistan.
In accordance with Article 45 of the Vienna Conference on Diplomatic Relations (1961), all property and amenities of the Embassy can be transferred to the custodial authority of the host nation, it mentioned.
The embassy mentioned it additionally needs to deal with latest speculations and supply readability on sure issues of significance.
Within the three-page assertion, the embassy categorically refuted any “baseless claims” concerning inside strife or discord amongst its diplomatic employees or any diplomats utilizing the disaster to hunt asylum in a 3rd nation.
“Such rumours are unfounded and don’t mirror the fact of our mission. We stay a united crew working in direction of the perfect pursuits of Afghanistan,” the embassy mentioned.
The embassy additionally mentioned it want to confirm the “authenticity” of an earlier communication with the Ministry of Exterior Affairs concerning the intent to shut the mission.
“This communication precisely represents our decision-making course of and the elements resulting in the closure,” the assertion mentioned.
“We request the federal government of India to offer severe consideration to the 4 requests outlined within the official notice verbally submitted earlier. Particularly, we emphasize the significance of allowing the hoisting of the Afghan flag over the properties of our premises, in addition to facilitating the sleek transition of the mission’s buildings and belongings to a authentic authorities in Kabul sooner or later,” the assertion mentioned.
The embassy additionally acknowledged that, given the gravity of this determination, “there could also be some who obtain help and directions from Kabul that will differ from our present plan of action”.
The Embassy of Afghanistan made an “unequivocal assertion” concerning the actions of sure consulates.
“It’s our agency perception that any actions taken by these consulates usually are not in consonance with the targets of a authentic or elected authorities and quite serve the pursuits of an illegitimate regime,” the assertion mentioned.
The embassy additionally mentioned it’s eager to achieve an settlement with the Indian authorities on the earliest doable juncture.
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