US, India and Canada remove Afghan embassy citizens and staff

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The United States, India and Canada are among the countries that withdrew their citizens and staff from their embassies in Afghanistan as the Taliban entered the capital Kabul.

Yesterday the Taliban entered the Afghan capital Kabul from all sides with little to no resistance. Photo courtesy of ORF

Air India flight AI244 carrying 129 passengers from Kabul, the Afghan capital, touched down in Delhi yesterday.

According to sources, India is closely monitoring the rapidly evolving situation in Afghanistan and will decide on the evacuation of diplomatic personnel from Kabul as the Taliban take control. Previously, Afghan President Ashraf Ghani left the country for Tajikistan after the Taliban broke through the gates of the capital Kabul.

The United States is withdrawing all U.S. personnel from its embassy in Kabul over the next 72 hours, including senior officials, sources said.

The Taliban’s conquest across Afghanistan forced the administration led by US President Joe Biden to send new troops to Kabul airport to help with a partial evacuation of the US embassy in the capital and rush thousands more in the region, for the Afghans who worked with the US military.

Biden authorized the deployment of an additional 1,000 troops to Afghanistan, bringing the number of US troops in the war-torn country to 5,000 to ensure a safe and orderly withdrawal of personnel.

The US president, in a statement, announced that he had authorized the deployment of approximately 5,000 US troops to ensure that “we can have an orderly and safe withdrawal of US personnel and other Allied personnel and an orderly and safe evacuation of the Afghans who helped our troops during our mission and those who are particularly exposed to the advance of the Taliban ”.

Yesterday the Taliban entered the Afghan capital Kabul from all sides with little to no resistance. Negotiations are underway at the Afghan Presidential ARG Palace to transfer power to the Taliban.

In addition, Ali Ahamd Jalali will be appointed head of the new interim government, Khaama News Agency reported, citing sources. Canada and Sweden are also expected to withdraw their staff from the embassy in Kabul. Canada has suspended operations at the country’s embassy in Kabul, CNN reported, citing a foreign ministry statement.

Sweden will evacuate all embassy staff in Kabul, Afghanistan, no later than Monday, Foreign Minister Ann Linde said as quoted by CNN.


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