Saudi Arabia opens the consular section of its embassy in Kabul to serve Afghans, and the government welcomes

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Saudi Arabia said it would restore the consular section of its embassy in Kabul to serve the Afghan people, a move welcomed by the Taliban-controlled caretaker government.

Cairo – Sputnik. The Saudi Foreign Ministry statement said today, Tuesday, that “out of the keenness of the government of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to provide all consular services to the brotherly Afghan people, the consular section of the Embassy of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia in Kabul has been opened as of November 30.”

While the Foreign Ministry spokesman in the caretaker government, Abdul Qahar Balkhi, stated on Twitter that “a 14-member diplomatic team from the Embassy of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia in Afghanistan returned to Kabul today and resumed consular services for Afghans.”

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“We welcome them and appreciate this profound step by the Saudi government, and we consider it the beginning of good relations,” the spokesman commented.

The Afghan government’s Foreign Ministry had recently announced that five thousand passports had been sent to the Afghan embassy in Saudi Arabia, stressing that it would gradually process in the near future the issuance of passports to other countries, including Saudi Arabia.

On August 15, the Taliban took control of the capital, Kabul, and most of the provinces of Afghanistan, and formed a transitional government; This was after former President Ashraf Ghani and a number of officials left the country.

It is noteworthy that Saudi Arabia called yesterday, Monday, to hold an extraordinary meeting of the Ministerial Council of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation to discuss the humanitarian situation in Afghanistan, expressing its hope that:

“The holding of this meeting is an opportunity to emphasize the importance of Afghanistan’s stability and security, its sovereignty and territorial integrity, to confront foreign interference in it, to reject and fight terrorism in all its forms and manifestations, and to ensure that Afghan territory is not used as a haven or haven for terrorist and extremist groups.”







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