Kabul – Fate of diplomatic missions remains uncertain, four refuse to answer questions on activities
A month after the fall of the Republic of Afghanistan on August 15, the fate of the Afghan embassies is unclear and some have even severed contact with the government of the Islamic Emirate of the Taliban.
A former Foreign Ministry (MoFA) official said some of Afghanistan’s embassies operate independently and the nature of their income remains unknown, Pajhwok Afghan News reported.
Likewise, the ministry says one embassy has yet to deposit its money in a bank and four others have refused to answer questions about their activities.
A former MoFA official, who wished to remain anonymous, told Pajhwok Afghan News that 80% of the ministry’s staff left Afghanistan after the Taliban takeover.
He added that MoFA’s political departments were responsible for maintaining relations with embassies in other countries. But currently, there are fewer agents in the departments.
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For now, most Afghan embassies have cut off contact with the Kabul administration and host countries, he revealed, Pajhwok Afghan News reported.
Some embassies are still headed by former minister Hanif Atmar and then Vice-President Amrullah Saleh.
Some remained neutral, while others were in contact with the new administration, the source said, without providing further details, Pajhwok Afghan News reported.
The official said that 80% of the embassies’ expenses were covered by their own income from services such as issuing passports and other facilities.
He also revealed that workers at Afghan embassies in France and Germany had sought asylum in host countries, Pajhwok Afghan News reported.
The former MoFA official claimed that Acting Foreign Minister Amir Khan Muttaqi made several attempts to organize online meetings with Afghan envoys abroad, Pajhwok Afghan News reported.
The minister reportedly planned to hold a virtual meeting with them on Wednesday, but it was canceled because most of the ambassadors were absent, Pajhwok Afghan News reported.
According to the source, a former ministry officer, in a voice message, asked the Afghan embassies to continue to fulfill their responsibilities. However, the source explained that these orders should be issued in writing.
The embassies also did not know their fate and did not know whether or not the host countries would recognize the new government, he added.