Australian foreign minister was told to close embassy before May visit to Kabul, documents reveal

Dfat timeline shows Marise Payne received formal advice to shutter embassy five days before meeting with then-president Ashraf Ghani

Defence and intelligence chiefs warned the Australian government multiple times in April the situation in Afghanistan could become dangerous enough to force the closure of the embassy, it has been revealed.

, Australian foreign minister was told to close embassy before May visit to Kabul, documents reveal, The Nzuchi Times Guardian

The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade had been in talks with the Department of Defence since January 2021 about the “deteriorating security situation”, but the warnings about the diplomatic mission in Kabul were made shortly after the US announced plans to withdraw from Afghanistan.

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