Nepal asks UN for help to evacuate its nationals from Afghanistan

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Nepal has appealed to various countries and the United Nations for assistance in rescuing and securing its nationals stationed at various diplomatic missions and international organisations as the crisis in the war-torn country continues.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs has requested Nepali nationals currently in Afghanistan to contact them and has written to foreign countries requesting assistance in evacuating them.

“Nepal has also written to the United States of America, the United Kingdom, Canada, Germany, the European Union, Japan, and the United Nations requesting that they keep Nepali nationals working in Kabul with various diplomatic missions and international organisations in safe locations and assist in their repatriation,” the Foreign Ministry statement read.

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Additionally, the Ministry has announced an online registration process to collect information about Nepali nationals currently residing in Afghanistan. Those who are currently in the country and wish to return can now register their name and other pertinent information on the Department of Consular’s official website.

The MoFA has made several contact methods public, including Viber and WhatsApp. Those seeking rescue flights should contact 977-9749326458 (Department of Consular Service) or 977-9749326459 (Department of Consular Service) (Ministry of Foreign Affairs).

Similarly, the Nepalese Embassy in New Delhi has already issued a travel advisory warning against visiting Afghanistan, as the Taliban have already taken control of the country’s major cities, including the capital Kabul.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs has requested that manpower agencies that send Nepali nationals to Afghanistan for work provide accurate data on Nepali nationals in Kabul in order to facilitate their safe return home.

Around 6000 Nepalis have entered Afghanistan in search of work, but the government has only recorded about 1500 workers.

Nepal’s Department of Foreign Employment has issued work permits to 6637 people to work in Afghanistan over the last five years.

As the situation in Afghanistan develops, the Nepal Embassy in New Delhi has been monitoring the situation, and it currently only has records of approximately 1500 Nepali nationals working in Afghanistan, specifically in Kabul.

“According to our Embassy in Delhi, there are currently 1500 Nepali nationals in Kabul, of whom 300 work for the US Embassy,” SewaLamsal, a spokesperson for Nepal’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs, told ANI over the phone.

In 2016, the Taliban killed 13 Nepali nationals working for various diplomatic missions in Kabul in a suicide bombing targeting security forces.

On Sunday, Afghan President Ashraf Ghani flew out of the country to avoid “bloodshed” as Kabul fell to the Taliban and terrorists gained access to the Afghan presidential palace.

In his first comments since leaving Afghanistan, Ghani stated on Facebook that the Taliban will now be responsible for the “honour, wealth, and preservation” of the Afghan people.

Ghani stated that he was faced with a “difficult choice” between the “armed Taliban” and “leaving the dear country that I have spent the last two decades defending.”

Earlier in the day, Abdullah Abdullah, Chairman of the Afghanistan Supreme National Reconciliation Council, addressed Ghani as the “former President” of Afghanistan in a video message posted on Twitter.

Abdullah also urged Afghans to maintain calm, saying, “I hope this ‘difficult day and night’ passes quickly and people see peaceful days.”

Earlier, according to sources, negotiations are underway in the Afghan Presidential Palace ARG to transfer power to the Taliban on Sunday, with Ali Ahamd Jalali as head of the new interim government.

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Taliban terrorists have taken control of Kabul, Afghanistan’s capital, and have taken control of the presidential palace following President Ashraf Ghani’s departure for Tajikistan.

According to reports, the movement will soon proclaim the re-establishment of Afghanistan’s Islamic Emirate.

Meanwhile, former Afghan President Hamid Karzai, former Mujahideen leader Abdullah Abdullah, and former Mujahideen leader Gulbuddin Hekmatyar formed a Coordination Council to avoid chaos and manage the transition of power peacefully.

On Sunday, Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid stated that the Taliban have been invited to enter Kabul, the capital city. Mujahid also stated in an interview with Tolo News that the city’s security situation will remain stable.

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