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Newsline: Taliban assures safety for envoys, embassies in Afghanistan

The Taliban reiterated that it will provide protection to diplomats from countries that wish to re-open closed embassies in Kabul. The assurance, however, will be tested against the current ground situation in Kabul and in other major cities of Afghanistan. “We are committed to provide security for all embassies and their diplomats to function normally if they return to Kabul,” said Suhail Shaheen, Taliban’s “Permanent Representative Designate” to the United Nations. (https://www.thehindu.com/news/national/india-wants-oversight-over-food-aid-to-afghanistan/article38093717.ece) Taliban has given several assurances over the last few months to the international community about safety of diplomats and workers in international organisations but the security situation in Kabul has not improved so far. Taliban has briefed officials of several countries including Turkey, China, Pakistan, Kyrgyz Republic, Qatar about the security challenges on the ground.

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