Abbas Stanikzai, the Deputy Political Minister of the Foreign Affairs of Taliban administration has claimed that the Afghan embassy and consulates in India are in contact with the ministry.
In an interview with the national television affiliated with the Taliban administration, he said that the cessation of Afghanistan’s embassy activities in India is not a reality.
The Afghanistan embassy in New Delhi declared its permanent closure in a formal statement. The announcement marks the end of diplomatic relations between the two countries, reflecting the recent profound changes and challenges that Afghanistan has faced.
According to the Afghanistan embassy, “Effective from November 23, 2023, owing to persistent challenges from the Indian government. The decision follows the embassy’s earlier cessation of operations on September 30, a move made in the hope that the Indian government stance will favourably change to let the mission operate normally.”
Meanwhile, Stanikzai said, “The claim made by someone named Naemi, who was a diplomat and stated that the embassy is closed and services are not provided, is false.”
He continues asserting, “Our consulates in Mumbai and Hyderabad are operational. I have spoken to them, and they have reopened the embassy.”
This comes in contrast to an announcement by the Afghanistan embassy in Delhi on the 23rd of November, stating the cessation of embassy operations due to ongoing issues with the Indian government.
The Afghanistan embassy in India had previously faced irregular activities and had rejected the ambassador appointed by the Taliban administration.