Former diplomats and staff working for the previous government are seen posing for a group photo before leaving the embassy. Photo: Social media

Taliban takes over Afghanistan’s Tehran embassy

The Taliban has confirmed that the group has taken control of Afghanistan’s embassy in Tehran. 

Abdul Qahar Balkhi, the Taliban’s foreign ministry spokesperson, said in a statement on that the group’s “new diplomats will serve Afghan citizens with a committed spirit.” 

“We believe the new appointments will bring transparency to the affairs of the embassy and help expand the relationship between the two Islamic, friendly, and brotherly nations,” the statement said.

The diplomats and staff appointed by the previous government, and whose fates are unknown, left the embassy today. 

The Taliban is yet to be recognised by any country in the world. 

The Iranian foreign ministry spokesperson, answering a question about giving the group diplomatic legitimacy by handing over the Afghan embassy to it, said on Tuesday that changes in diplomatic personnel did not mean a change in the embassy’s legal status.

A group of exiled Afghan politicians, including Atta Mohammad Noor, the former governor of Balkh province, have pleaded with Iran not to give recognition to the Taliban.