Thursday, December 9, 2021

Australian Embassy in Kabul to be closed temporarily from May 28

In light of the imminent international military withdrawal from Afghanistan, Australia will as an interim measure revert to the model of visiting accreditation for Australia’s diplomatic representation to Afghanistan, which was used from the opening of diplomatic relations in 1969 until 2006. Australian residential representation in Afghanistan and the Australian Embassy in Kabul will be closed from May 28, 2021. DFAT officials will visit Afghanistan regularly from a residential Post elsewhere in the region.

It is Australia’s expectation that this measure will be temporary and that we will resume a permanent presence in Kabul once circumstances permit.

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This form of diplomatic representation is common practice around the world. It does not alter our commitment to Afghanistan or its people.

The departure of the international forces and hence Australian forces from Afghanistan over the next few months brings with it an increasingly uncertain security environment where the Government has been advised that security arrangements could not be provided to support the ongoing diplomatic presence.

On the Foreign Minister’s recent visit to Kabul, Australia reaffirmed support for the Afghanistan Government during this time of change for the country. Australia remains committed to the bilateral relationship with Afghanistan, and we will continue to support the stability and development of Afghanistan in concert with other nations.

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