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Singaporeans strongly advised against travelling to, remaining in Afghanistan: MFA

SINGAPORE — Singaporeans are strongly advised against travelling to or remaining in Afghanistan, said the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) on Wednesday (Aug 18).

A Taliban fighter holds RPG rocket propelled as he stands guard with others at an entrance gate outside the Interior Ministry in Kabul on Aug 17, 2021.

A Taliban fighter holds RPG rocket propelled as he stands guard with others at an entrance gate outside the Interior Ministry in Kabul on Aug 17, 2021.

SINGAPORE — Singaporeans are strongly advised against travelling to or remaining in Afghanistan, said the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) on Wednesday (Aug 18).

This is in light of the "volatile security situation" in the country, said MFA in a statement.

"Singapore is closely monitoring developments in Afghanistan. We urge all relevant parties to protect the safety and security of all civilians and facilitate the safe and orderly departure of foreign nationals who wish to leave the country," said the ministry.

Singaporeans who are still in Afghanistan should eRegister with MFA immediately if they have not done so, it added.

Singapore has no diplomatic representation in Afghanistan. Singaporeans who require consular assistance can contact the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Duty Office at +65 6379 8800/8855 or //mfa_duty_officer [at] mfa.gov.sg" target="_blank">mfa_duty_officer [at] mfa.gov.sg.

The Taliban seized Kabul on Sunday, crowning the group's astonishing comeback after being ousted in a US-led invasion nearly 20 years ago.

The Taliban have offered a pledge of reconciliation, vowing no revenge against opponents and to respect women's rights in a "different" rule of Afghanistan from two decades ago.

Nevertheless, Afghans and foreigners continued to flee the country, with US and other nations stepping up evacuation airlifts from Kabul airport.

More than 2,200 diplomats and other civilians have been evacuated from Afghanistan on military flights, a Western security official told Reuters on Wednesday. CNA

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