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Air India will continue services to Kabul till stranded Indians evacuated: Envoy after return from Afghanistan

 The Indian envoy to Afghanistan, in his first remarks, after evacuation to India on Tuesday thanked the Indian Air Force and said the welcome has had a deep impact. He said the welfare of the Afghan people continues to be an agenda for them.

“Your welcome has an impact on all of us. Thank you to the Indian Air Force who flew us out under conditions that are not normal,” said the Indian Ambassador to Afghanistan is Rudrendra Tandon, who took over the post in September 2020, after landing at Jamnagar, Gujarat said.

“It’s not that we’ve abandoned people of Afghanistan, their welfare and our relationship with them is very much in our mind. We’ll try and continue our interaction with them, I can’t exactly say in what form as the situation is changing,” Tandon said.

An Indian Air Force aircraft evacuated the ambassador and around 120 of his staff members today.

The envoy said that India is continuously monitoring the situation as some Indians are still there, adding that Air India will continue its commercial services to Kabul.

“We’re continuously monitoring the situation because there are still some Indian citizens who are there. That is why Air India will continue to run its commercial services to Kabul as long as the airport in Kabul functions. Temporarily Air India had to suspend its commercial services because of the conditions in the airport. However, we continue to ensure that anyone who is stuck there is somehow brought here for which the MEA has opened a help desk that is operating already,” said the ambassador.

“There are many others who continue to work in Kabul city, despite the changing situation and have changed their mind subsequently and will be brought back when the commercial services begin,” he said.

 

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