Japan moves embassy in Kabul to Qatar, top diplomat says

Japan moves embassy in Kabul to Qatar, top diplomat says

Japan’s top diplomat says his country has temporarily moved its embassy from Afghanistan to Turkey, but now plans to move it to Qatar, where the Taliban have an office

Japanese Foreign Minister Toshimitsu Motegi had visited the Middle East earlier this month.

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“I believe there will be different forms of communication,” Motegi said.

Japanese nationals at the embassy in Kabul were among the first to be evacuated from Afghanistan. Most of them were flown by the British military before Tokyo sent its Self-Defense Force planes last week as security deteriorated outside the Kabul airport.

Last Thursday and Friday, Japan evacuated just one Japanese civilian, along with 14 Afghans, to Pakistan at the request of the US military.

Cabinet Secretary Katsunobu Kato said safe evacuation of the rest of Japanese nationals and Afghans who worked for the Japanese embassy and aid agency remains a top priority.

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