Taliban Afghanistan Crisis August 17 Highlights: India has finally shut down its embassy in Kabul. The news has been confirmed by the Ministry of External Affairs of Twitter. FE Online has been told by the sources that apart from diplomats, two Indian journalists are also aboard that flight. An Indian Air Force C-17 aircraft took its second flight on Tuesday morning to bring back the Embassy staff. After a prolonged silence, India on Monday night issued an official statement, in which it primarily spoke about evacuation. There was no mention of the Taliban. The special focus was on Afghan Hindus and Sikhs. Meanwhile, US President Joe Biden has defended his decision to withdraw American troops from Afghanistan. Though he did admit that the fall of the Afghan government was swifter than what his administration had anticipated, Biden still maintained that leaving Afghanistan was the right thing to do.
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