Turkey, UAE to Reduce Missions in Afghanistan Over ‘Security Concerns’
According to sources, the embassies of Turkey and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) in Afghanistan seek to reduce their missions due to security concerns following reports that international staff received threatening letters from unknown parties.
According to anonymous sources in the Taliban government in Kabul, “the Turkish embassy has the plan to decrease its diplomatic activity in Kabul due to various security concerns.” At the same time,” the UAE wants to move its diplomatic mission to a small office before closing its embassy.” However, sources said neither the UAE nor Turkey had confirmed the matter.
Earlier last week, Saudi Arabia closed its embassy in Kabul amid warnings of heightened risks of attacks in the Afghan capital Kabul. The official authorities confirmed that the diplomatic and employees of the embassy had been evacuated to Islamabad, and the exact return date is unclear.
According to a Saudi foreign ministry official, ISIS was plotting an attack on the Saudi diplomatic mission in Kabul with a car bomb. The threats compelled them to close the embassy and relocate its staff to Islamabad.
However, a Taliban spokesman stated that Saudi Arabia’s diplomatic mission has travelled to Riyadh for training and will return soon.
Recently, the Islamic State of Khorasan has carried out several terror attacks against foreign missions, Russian, Chinese and Pakistani, in the country, which can be a significant security challenge to the Taliban government.
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Source: The Khaama Press News Agency