Australia to close embassy in Afghanistan amid fears of full-scale war

Australia has said it will shut its embassy in Afghanistan's capital Kabul on Friday, as the withdrawal of international troops proceeds.

In a statement jointly by Prime Minister Scott Morrison and Foreign Minister Marise Payne (pictured above) on Tuesday, Canberra talked of "an increasingly uncertain security environment" in the country, amid fears that the withdrawal of the US-led Nato force could plunge Afghanistan back into a full-scale war.

"We will close our Embassy building on 28th May 2021," the document said, adding that "it is Australia's expectation that this measure will be temporary and that we will resume a permanent presence in Kabul once circumstances permit.

"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."

It said Australian diplomats would visit Afghanistan regularly - but would be based elsewhere in the region.

The statement did not say where in the region Australian diplomats would be relocated.

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