New Delhi, Jul 11: India-based staff has been temporarily pulled out of the Consulate in Kandahar in the wake of intense fighting near the city but the Mission has not been closed, External Affairs Ministry (EAM) said today.
In a response to the media query, on the Indian Consulate in Kandahar, the Official Spokesperson Arindam Bagchi said: “India is closely monitoring the evolving security situation in Afghanistan. The safety and security of our personnel is paramount. The Consulate General of India in Kandahar has not been closed. However, due to the intense fighting near Kandahar city, India based personnel have been brought back for the time being.”
“I want to emphasize that this is a purely temporary measure until the situation stabilizes. The Consulate continues to operate through our local staff members,” Mr Bagchi further added.
Arrangements are being made to ensure continued delivery of visa and consular services through the Embassy in Kabul.
As an important partner of Afghanistan, India remains committed to a peaceful, sovereign and democratic Afghanistan, the Ministry said.