India determined to withdraw the ambassador and all different workers from the mission in Kabul – successfully closing the embassy for the second time since 1996 – as a result of uncertainty created by the Taliban takeover of Afghanistan following the collapse of the Ashraf Ghani authorities on Sunday
Some Indian residents are nonetheless in Afghanistan and Air India will proceed working flights from Kabul so long as the airport there stays purposeful, Indian envoy Rudrendra Tandon mentioned on Tuesday after his evacuation with different diplomatic workers.
India determined to withdraw the ambassador and all different workers from the mission in Kabul – successfully closing the embassy for the second time since 1996 – as a result of uncertainty created by the Taliban takeover of Afghanistan following the collapse of the Ashraf Ghani authorities on Sunday.
Near 200 Indian officers and safety personnel had been flown out of Kabul in two teams on two C-17 navy heavy elevate plane on Monday and Tuesday, with the flights being carried out in secrecy amid the chaotic occupation of Kabul by the Taliban. On Monday, the second group of officers confronted issues in attending to the airport from the embassy – a distance of about 10 km – due to checkpoints arrange by the Taliban.
“We’re repeatedly monitoring the state of affairs as a result of there are nonetheless some Indian residents who’re there. That’s the reason Air India will proceed to run its industrial companies to Kabul so long as the airport in Kabul capabilities,” Tandon informed reporters throughout a quick interplay on the airbase in Jamnagar, Gujarat, the place the C-17 landed en path to Hindon airbase.
The envoy mentioned Air India had quickly suspended its flights to Kabul due to the situations on the airport. “Nonetheless, we proceed to make sure that anybody who’s caught there’s by some means introduced [back], for which the [external affairs ministry] has opened a assist desk that’s working already,” he mentioned.
He added, “As you understand, the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan now not exists and the state of affairs is kind of fluid now.”
Requested concerning the variety of Indian nationals who’re nonetheless in Afghanistan, Tandon mentioned it could be tough to present a precise determine as Indians didn’t at all times register themselves with the embassy in Kabul regardless of advisories.
“There are some people there…I do know personally of at the very least 5 or 6 however the figures generally which can be quoted to us is there could possibly be 40 to 50. However that isn’t one thing that I’ll stand by formally as a result of we don’t have it as registered individuals on our database,” he mentioned.
Tandon mentioned the Indian aspect will proceed to stay in touch with the Afghan individuals regardless of the withdrawal of the diplomatic workers. “It’s not that now we have deserted the individuals of Afghanistan, their welfare and our relationship with them may be very a lot on our minds. We are going to attempt to proceed our interplay with them [but] I can’t say in what kind because the state of affairs is altering,” he mentioned.
The envoy spoke hours after the Indian authorities launched a brand new e-visa class that Afghan nationals, irrespective of faith, may apply for on-line. After a radical safety vetting, Afghans who qualify are anticipated to be granted a six-month visa.
Tandon additionally mentioned the Indian personnel had been “very completely happy that it’s lastly over and we’re again residence safely, securely, with none accidents or hurt to any of our individuals”.
India had a big mission with 192 personnel in Kabul, and everybody was evacuated “actually inside three days in a really orderly trend in two phases”, he mentioned. Amongst these introduced again on Tuesday had been workers of public sector corporations resembling Air India.
“There are a whole lot of Indian residents who discovered themselves in misery due to the fast-changing state of affairs. So, our coverage was that anybody who reached the embassy was taken into the embassy. I don’t know the way they managed contained in the embassy however we had been certain that they had been secure and safe and there was an avenue for an exit,” he mentioned.