The Canadian Embassy in Afghanistan temporarily suspended diplomatic operations in Kabul amid rapidly evolving situation in the country. (Photo – Embassy of Canada Kabul)
“The situation in Afghanistan is rapidly evolving and poses serious challenges to our ability to ensure the safety and security of our mission. After consulting with Canada’s Ambassador to Afghanistan, the decision was made to temporarily suspend our diplomatic operations in Kabul,” Marc Garneau, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Marco E. L. Mendicino, Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship, and Harjit S. Sajjan, Minister of National Defence, said in a joint statement.
The statement further added “As always, our priority in these situations is ensuring the safety and security of Canadian personnel. They are now safely on their way back to Canada.”
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, the statement added.
This comes as President Ashraf Ghani left Afghanistan on Sunday in the midst of advance by Taliban militants.
In his first statement after leaving the country, Ghani said he opted to abandon the country in a bid to prevent bloodshed and destruction of the capital.
Ghani further added that the Taliban group had vowed to carry out deadly attacks in Kabul to remove him from power.
Meanwhile, efforts are underway for the peaceful transition of power following the retreat of the president.
A council led by the former President Hamid Karzai, Chief of the High Peace Council Abdullah, and Hezb-e-Islami leader Gulbuddin Hekmatyar has been formed to prevent chaos, better administration of peace efforts, and peaceful transition of power.