Saturday, September 18, 2021

Govt committed to safe return of all Indian nationals in Afghanistan: MEA

Ministry of External Affairs has said that in view of the prevailing situation in Kabul, it was decided that the Indian Embassy personnel would be immediately moved back.

The movement has been completed in two phases and the Ambassador and other staff have reached New Delhi this afternoon.

It said, India has been issuing periodic travel and security advisories for all its nationals in Afghanistan, in view of deteriorating security situation.

Those already in Afghanistan were urged to return immediately while others were advised not to travel there.

The MEA said, it understand that a number of Indians are stranded in Afghanistan some of whom are employed by third country organizations.

It said, our immediate priority is to obtain accurate information about all Indian nationals currently in Afghanistan.

They and their employers have been requested to urgently share the relevant details with MEA’s Special Afghanistan Cell on Phone numbers, +91-11-49016783, +91-11-49016784, +91-11-49016785. WhatsApp: +91 80106 11290. Email: [email protected]

Ministry of External Affairs said, as regards Afghan nationals, our visa services will continue through an e-Emergency visa facility, which has been extended to Afghan nationals.

This can be accessed through e-visa portal at indianvisaonline.gov.in/evisa/Registration.

The Ministry said, it has already received requests from Afghan Sikh and Hindu community leaders and are in touch with them.

It said, the main challenge for travel to and from Afghanistan is the operational status of Kabul airport.

This has been discussed at high levels with our partners, including by External Affairs Minister with the US Secretary of State.

MEA said, Government of India is committed to the safe return of all Indian nationals and will institute flight arrangements once Kabul airport is open for commercial operations.

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