Jalalabad consulate closure: Afghan government responds over the issue

Jalalabad consulate closure: Afghan government responds over the issue

ISLAMABAD – Afghanistan government has responded over the issue of the closure of the Jalalabad consulate by Pakistan.

Afghan authorities met Pakistani officials over the issue of security and intervention by provincial governor Hayatullah Hayat in Pakistan consulate in Jalalabad and said that the issue was a simple misunderstanding and would be resolved soon.

During the meeting the authorities discussed the possible suggestions for security of the Consulate building.

While speaking about the issue spokesman for the Afghan Foreign Ministry, said Governor’s intervention was a misunderstanding which caused concern among staff at the Pakistani consulate in Jalalabad however, soon the problem will be solved.

On Friday, Pakistan had temporarily closed the Jalalabad Consulate to protest Nangarhar governor’s interventions.

The decision was taken in reaction to provincial governor Hayatullah Hayat’s intervention in activities of the consulate.

“The Embassy of Pakistan in Kabul deeply regrets undue intervention of Governor Hayatullah Hayat in the functioning of the Consulate General of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan in Jalalabad is complete violation of the Vienna Convention of the Consular Relations 1963.”

The embassy had said that the Consulate General will remain closed until the security arrangements are completed to the satisfaction of the embassy.