Czechia will close its embassy in Kabul on January 1 this year, as no improvement in the country’s security situation is expected anytime soon, Anadolu Agency reported, citing the country’s local media.
The Czech embassy opened in Kabul in 2007, temporarily closed in August 2021, and had to evacuate its staff due to the rapid advance of Taliban forces to the capital, according to Anadolu.
But the head of the Islamic Emirate’s Office in Doha, Suhail Shaheen, said that the security in the country is better than before.
“The remarks of the Czech Republic saying there is no security in Afghanistan is not justifiable and when the Islamic Emirate came to power, security was provided across the country,” he said.
According to the reports, the decision was made by the Foreign Minister of Czechia, Jan Lipavský.
“The Czech Republic is not a major country on the world chess board. They don't have an embassy in every country and they came with NATO,” said Torek Farhadi, a political analyst.
Some former Afghan diplomats believe that the closure of the Czech embassy in Kabul will have a negative impact on Afghanistan’s relations with the international community.
“The Taliban have not been able to attract the trust of the world and accept the logical demands of the world,” said Aziz Maarij, a former diplomat.
There are embassies of more than 10 countries opened in Afghanistan currently.
The diplomats of the Islamic Emirate has been accepted in Russia, Uzbekistan, China, Iran and Pakistan. However, no world countries have thus far recognized the Islamic Emirate.