Political situation in Afghanistan

Canada is closely monitoring developments in Afghanistan and coordinating its response with international partners accordingly. Canada remains committed to Afghanistan and the Afghan people and it will continue to do all it can to support them.

As stated by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, the Government of Canada has no plans to recognize the Taliban as the legitimate government of Afghanistan. The Taliban have taken over and replaced a duly elected democratic government by force. They are a listed terrorist entity under Canadian law.

On August 15, 2021, Canada announced it would be temporarily suspending its diplomatic operations in Kabul due to the rapidly evolving situation in Afghanistan, which posed serious challenges to our ability to ensure the safety and security of our mission. The Canadian embassy will resume its operations as soon as the security and political conditions in Afghanistan permit.

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