Canada temporarily suspends diplomatic operations in Kabul amid Taliban push – National

Canada has temporarily suspended its diplomatic operations in Kabul amid safety concerns as Taliban fighters entered the Afghan capital in a push for transfer of power from the government.

Staff at the Canadian embassy are on their way back home, a statement from Global Affairs Canada said on Sunday.

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“The situation in Afghanistan is rapidly evolving and poses serious challenges to our ability to ensure the safety and security of our mission,” the statement said.

“After consulting with Canada’s Ambassador to Afghanistan, the decision was made to temporarily suspend our diplomatic operations in Kabul,” it added.

“The Canadian embassy will resume its operations as soon as the security situation in Afghanistan allows us to guarantee appropriate service and adequate security for our staff.”

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Canada joins the United States and several other Western missions that are in the process of pulling their personnel out from Kabul.

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Taliban advancing across Afghanistan at lightning speed

Taliban advancing across Afghanistan at lightning speed

Taliban fighters were reaching the capital “from all sides,” a senior Afghan interior ministry official told Reuters news agency.

Meanwhile, a senior Afghan Interior Ministry official said President Ashraf Ghani had left for Tajikistan.

In a stunning rout, the Taliban seized nearly all of Afghanistan in just over a week, despite the billions of dollars spent by the U.S. and NATO over nearly two decades to build up Afghan security forces.

— with files from Reuters, the Associated Press

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