India Closes Its Afghanistan Embassy in New Delhi
Human Rights Groups Are Concerned For Afghans in India
The Afghanistan embassy in Delhi has announced its decision to shut down operations, citing a "lack of support" from the Indian government.
This move comes as many Afghan diplomatic missions worldwide continue to be occupied by officials loyal to the former Western-backed Afghan government, which was ousted by the Taliban in 2021.
The Indian government, while not recognizing the Taliban government, has also refused to back the incumbent Afghan ambassador in Delhi and has frozen access to some of the embassy's accounts.
In a statement issued by the embassy, it expressed its inability to meet the requirements of Afghan citizens in India due to the "lack of diplomatic support in India and the absence of a legitimate functioning government in Kabul." The embassy officials further highlighted the notable absence of crucial support from the host government, hindering their ability to carry out their duties effectively.
Indian Government's Stance
India has taken a cautious approach in dealing with the Taliban government, stating that it will follow the United Nations' lead in deciding whether to recognize them or not.
While the Indian government has not officially recognized the Taliban, it has refrained from openly supporting the incumbent Afghan ambassador in Delhi. The power struggle between the ambassador and a would-be Taliban appointee has been deemed an internal matter for Afghanistan to resolve.
Impact on Afghan Citizens in India
The closure of the embassy, except for emergency services, raises concerns about the welfare of Afghan citizens residing in India, the Associated Press reported.
With limited access to diplomatic support, Afghan citizens may face difficulties in obtaining consular services and addressing their needs. The embassy's closure further adds to the challenges faced by Afghan refugees seeking assistance and protection.
International Response and Humanitarian Concerns
The closure of the Afghanistan embassy in Delhi adds to the growing international concern over the situation in Afghanistan. Several countries have expressed apprehensions regarding the Taliban's governance and their commitment to human rights and international norms.
The embassy closure also highlights the need for increased humanitarian aid and support to address the ongoing crisis in Afghanistan.
Challenges in Diplomacy
The decision of the Afghanistan embassy in Delhi to shut down its operations due to a lack of support from the Indian government underscores the challenges faced by diplomatic missions following the Taliban's takeover.
The closure raises concerns about the welfare of Afghan citizens residing in India and highlights the need for international assistance in addressing the ongoing crisis.
As the situation in Afghanistan continues to evolve, it is imperative for the international community to provide humanitarian aid and support to the Afghan people.