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‘No embassy official seeks to return’

india Updated: Mar 07, 2010 01:05 IST

External Affairs Minister S M Krishna on Saturday said that no employee of the Indian embassy in Kabul has sought to return to India despite growing security concerns in Afghanistan.

He, however, added there were some requests for transfer on account of family compulsions that would be considered.

“Out of around 40 to 45 employees, not a single one offered to return. They said they would live through it,” he said.

“This exhibited the resolve and determination of Indian Foreign Services officers serving overseas.”

His comments came even as the Indian government temporarily suspended its medical mission in Kabul, following the February 26 terror attack on two hotels in the city that killed seven Indians.

But New Delhi has reiterated that it will continue its reconstruction activities in Afghanistan.

“Indian medical missions (IMMs) in Herat, Kandahar, Jalalabad and Mazar-e-Sharif were functioning normally. In the aftermath of the terrorist attack targeting the IMM in Kabul, in which one doctor was killed and others injured, the work of the IMM has been temporarily suspended,” Vishnu Prakash, spokesperson of the ministry of external affairs, said on Saturday.

He said India’s embassy and other offices in Afghanistan continue to “function normally in the face of extremely demanding and difficult circumstances”.

The medical mission, comprising six doctors and five paramedics, was operating from the India-aided Indira Gandhi Child Care Hospital in Kabul.

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Friday told Parliament that the Kabul attack will not “bend the will of Indian people” to help Afghanistan, and vowed to assist that country in shaping its destiny without “outside interference”.

National Security Advisor Shivshankar Menon, who is in Kabul, is reviewing the security of the 4,000 Indians working in Afghanistan.

Menon met Afghanistan President Hamid Karzai on Friday and discussed the security of Indians and other issues.