Wednesday, April 17, 2024

Amid Volatile Security Situation, UK Advises Against all Travel to Afghanistan

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Nizamuddin Rezahi
Nizamuddin Rezahi
Nizamuddin Rezahi is a journalist and editor for Khaama Press. You may follow him @nizamrezahi on Twitter.

In an announcement, the Foreign Ministry of the United Kingdom has advised British citizens against all travel to Afghanistan as the country’s security situation remains extremely volatile.

The Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO) in an announcement advised British nationals against traveling to Afghanistan, amid the volatile security situation.

“There is an ongoing and high threat of terrorist attacks throughout Afghanistan, including around the airport. There is a heightened threat of terrorist attacks in or around religious sites and during religious festivals, such as the month of Ramadan. Travel throughout Afghanistan is extremely dangerous, and border crossings may not be open,” the announcement said.

Currently, the UK has no diplomatic mission in Afghanistan to provide consular assistance for British citizens. The UK along with other NATO member states closed their Embassies and Diplomatic Missions in Afghanistan following the withdrawal of the international forces in August 2021.

No single country including the UK has yet recognized the Taliban’s de facto regime as the legitimate government of Afghanistan due to several reasons. The ruling regime is accused of committing violations against human rights, the rights of women and girls, as well as the rights of religious minorities and ethnic groups.

The Taliban officials have repeatedly said that the security situation has improved throughout the country, however, security threats remain high. Since the return of the Taliban to power, Islamic State Khorasan (ISIS-K) militants have intensified their attacks across the country.

Over the past couple of months, the insurgent group has targeted the Russian Embassy, the Diplomatic Mission of Pakistan, and a hotel that hosted Chinese nationals in the heart of Kabul, resulting in the death and injury of scores of foreign and local civilians.

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