Taliban takes over Norwegian embassy, smashes wine bottles, destroys books
The Taliban has smashed wine bottles and destroyed books at the Norwegian embassy in Kabul, after the group took over the place.
Sigvald Hauge, the Norwegian ambassador to Iran, said in a tweet, “Taliban has now taken over the Norwegian Embassy in Kabul. Say they will return it to us later. But first wine bottles are to be smashed and children’s books destroyed. Guns apparently less dangerous.”
Earlier, the Taliban had said that they would not interfere with the diplomatic establishments of foreign nations, including embassies.
Last month, Denmark and Norway had announced that they are closing their embassies in Kabul and evacuating their staff as the security situation worsened in Afghanistan.
“We have decided to temporarily close our embassy in Kabul,” Danish Foreign Minister Jeppe Kofod told journalists. Norway’s Foreign Minister Ine Soreide later said it would also shut its embassy and evacuate Norwegian diplomats, local employees and their close relatives.
However, Norway was forced to halt the evacuation drive of its remaining citizens from Afghanistan’s capital.
The Taliban have now agreed to allow 200 Americans and other foreigners who are still stranded in Afghanistan on charter flights from Kabul after the US troops exited the country.
The departures will be among the first international flights to take off from Kabul airport since the Taliban seized Kabul in mid-August, triggering the chaotic US-led evacuation of 124,000 foreigners and at-risk Afghans.
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