Khost foreign affairs deptt closed since a week
KHOST CITY (Pajhwok): The Foreign Affairs Department in southeastern Khost province has been closed for unknown reasons since a week, local officials confirmed on Wednesday.
The governor’s spokesman, Mubariz Mohammad Zadran, told Pajhwok Afghan News the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MoFA)’s department in Khost had been closed a week ago for unknown reasons and its employers relocated to the foreign affairs department in neighboring Paktia province.
He said no overt reasons the MoFA had provided for the department’s closure, but the provincial council had requested its reopening through a letter to the ministry.
Zadran said, keeping in view the number of tourists arriving in the province and the recently launched Khost-Ghulam transit route, there was a dire need for a foreign affairs department.
Nisarullah Ehsan, a journalist, said in addition to the Khost transit route, the work completion on Khost Airport would need a MoFA department to resolve travelers’ problems.
A Khost civil society activist, Sultan Afghan, expressed concern over the department’s closure and called it a betrayal of Khost people.
He asked the government to reopen the department or face a strong reaction from people.
The Khost foreign affairs department was inaugurated in December 2013. Besides resolving travelers’ issues, the department was considred significant with regard to enhancing diplomatic ties.
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