Australia to Close Afghanistan Embassy Over Potential Violence Following U.S. Withdrawl

Australia announced it will close its embassy in Afghanistan on Friday amidst the withdrawal of international troops, in a statement released Tuesday.

Prime Minister Scott Morrison and Foreign Minister Marise Payne released a joint statement saying Australia’s embassy will close over security fears, but reiterates its commitment to the Afghan people.

Australia says the move will be temporary and that its permanent presence in Kabul will resume as soon as circumstances permit.

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

“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 our ongoing diplomatic presence,” they added.

The Australian Embassy will close on Friday but Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade officials will visit the country regularly from a relocated post in the region, but did not specify where.

“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,” the government said.

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