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`No embassy staff in Kabul wants to return`

External Affairs Minister SM Krishna has said no Indian embassy employee in Kabul wants to come back.

Bangalore: External Affairs Minister S M
Krishna on Saturday said no Indian embassy employee in Kabul wanted
to come back fearing terror attacks but government would
consider transfer requests made on family grounds.

Responding to a query on reports that some embassy staff
wanted to return to India, Krishna recalled his visit to
Afghanistan three-four months ago following two attacks on
Indian embassy and said he had then addressed the employees
and sought to know if any of them wanted to come back.
To his pleasant surprise, not a single employee offered
to come back to India, he said, and quoted the staff as saying
they would "live through it" which showed the "resolve and
determination" of the IFS members serving overseas.

He said the degree of level of security to Indian embassy
employees in Kabul was being enhanced in view of the last
Friday attack on two hotels targeting Indians.
Krishna, however, added some might want to come back due
to certain family compulsions. "Well, anyway, they are
entitled to get transfer. So, depending upon each application,
depending upon each request, I think, a valued decision will
be taken".

Seven Indians, including three Major rank Army officers,
were killed and nine others injured in the last week`s attack
on the hotels.


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