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Denmark to shut Kabul embassy; Danes urged to leave


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2021 Aug 13, 21:34, COPENHAGEN, Denmark
Taliban fighters patrol inside the city of Ghazni, southwest of Kabul, Afghanistan, on Friday, August 13, 2021. Photo: AP via RSS

Denmark's foreign minister on Friday urged Danes in Afghanistan to leave the country, calling the fast-evolving crisis "a very serious situation" as Taliban take even more territory across the war-torn country.

Jeppe Kofod confirmed that the Danish Embassy in Kabul was closing but that "for security reasons, we cannot say exactly when the embassy will close."

On Wednesday, Danish lawmakers agreed to evacuate 45 Afghan citizens who worked for Denmark's government in Afghanistan and to offer them residency in the European country for two years. Denmark opened its embassy in Kabul in 2006.

In Oslo, Foreign Minister Ine Eriksen Soereide said the Norwegian Embassy in Kabul also was closing. She said it was temporary and that "the safety of our employees is our highest priority."

The Norwegian government has said it will not bring home former employees out of the war-torn country. Soereide said the evacuation includes embassy employees — both Norwegians and locals "with immediate family."

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