According to sources, on Sunday, India evacuated roughly 50 diplomats and security personnel, including a group of Indo-Tibetan Border Police personnel, from its consulate in Kandahar, Afghanistan, by sending a special Indian Air Force aircraft. This step was taken mainly due to the deteriorating security situation and the Taliban acquiring control of new regions around the southern Afghan city.

The decision by India to close its consulate in Kandahar was made in the wake of Taliban insurgents capturing control of several crucial locations in the region as well as western Afghanistan, causing widespread security worries.

The Ministry of External Affairs India said two days ago that they were closely following the deteriorating security situation in Afghanistan and its implications for the Indian people’s safety and security.

At a press conference on Thursday, External Affairs Ministry Spokesperson Arindam Bagchi remarked, “Our response would be calibrated proportionately.”

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