Suspending diplomacy amid evacuation of nationals from Afghanistan, says Canada

Foreign Minister Marc Garneau said in a statement the decision to suspend operations is temporary and the embassy will reopen if the security situation allows staff to be safe.

Published: 15th August 2021 08:24 PM  |   Last Updated: 15th August 2021 08:25 PM   |  A+A-

A passenger walks to the departures terminal of Hamid Karzai International Airport, in Kabul

A passenger walks to the departures terminal of Hamid Karzai International Airport, in Kabul. (Photo | AP)

By Associated Press

TORONTO: Canada has suspended diplomatic operations in Afghanistan and Canadian personnel are on their way back to Canada.

Foreign Minister Marc Garneau said in a statement the decision to suspend operations is temporary and the embassy will reopen if the security situation allows staff to be safe.

Some 40,000 Canadian troops were deployed in Afghanistan over 13 years as part of the NATO mission before pulling out in 2014.

More than 150 Canadian soldiers died during the Afghanistan mission.

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