A cyclist pedals past the Afghan Embassy in New Delhi, India, on Saturday. AP
Most foreign nations — including India — do not officially recognise Afghanistan's Taliban government, but acknowledge them as the de facto ruling authority.
This has left many Afghan embassies and consulates in limbo, with diplomats appointed by the former government refusing to cede control of embassy buildings and property to representatives chosen by the Taliban authorities.
"It is with profound sadness, regret, and disappointment that the Embassy of Afghanistan in New Delhi announces this decision to cease its operations," said an embassy statement posted on the social media platform X.
India will take control of the embassy in a caretaker capacity, it said.
The unsigned statement said it had been "increasingly challenging" to continue operations due to cuts in staff and resources, including a "lack of timely and sufficient support from visa renewal for diplomats".
The closure follows reports that the ambassador and other senior diplomats had left India in recent months, with infighting among those remaining in New Delhi.
But the embassy said in its statement that it "categorically refutes any baseless claims regarding internal strife" among staff, and denied any diplomats were "using the crisis to seek asylum in a third country".
New Delhi evacuated its entire mission from Kabul as the Taliban closed in on the Afghan capital in August 2021, but last year sent back a small team to reopen its sprawling embassy.
Most foreign nations similarly withdrew diplomatic staff at the time and have not returned, although a handful of embassies -- including Pakistan, China and Russia -- never closed, and still have ambassadors in Kabul.
Afghanistan’s three-match ODI series against Pakistan has been moved to Sri Lanka after the UAE expressed unwillingness to play host due to forthcoming assignments in the country.
However, captain Rohit looks unfazed by the result, singing away the night of sorrow, hoping the luck will brighten their tomorrow.
Giant spinner-led spin attack dismantled Afghanistan on day two as they collapsed from 53 for no loss to 109-7.
The pardon reflects His Highness’ keenness to provide the released inmates with an opportunity to start a new life and integrate once again into their families and communities.
On Commemoration Day, observed annually on 30th November, the UAE recalls the heroism of its righteous sons who gave their lives in the pursuit of upholding the nation's honour and safeguarding it with unwavering courage.
Ten Israeli hostages — nine women and a 17-year-old girl — and two Thais were handed over to the Red Cross in Gaza and were back in Israeli territory, the military said. About an hour later, Israel released 30 Palestinian prisoners.
ICESCO’s headquarters is in Rabat, Morocco, with a regional headquarters in Sharjah, UAE, recognising the emirate’s pivotal role in promoting Arabic and Islamic culture and facilitating cross-cultural communication.