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Pakistan Closes Taleban Embassy in Islamabad - 2001-11-22


Pakistan has closed the only remaining foreign embassy of Afghanistan's Taleban movement, located in Islamabad.

An embassy official (Mufti Yousuf) is quoted as saying all operations at the facility, including the issuing of visas, have ended.

News reports say the building had a deserted look with its main gate shut, but the Taleban militia's white flag was still on the pole.

The U-S State Department called on Pakistan Wednesday to close the embassy. U-S officials said they saw no reason for it to continue functioning, now that eight foreign aid workers, recently freed from Taleban custody, are out of Afghanistan.

Earlier Pakistan closed Taleban consulates in Quetta, Karachi and Peshawar.

Pakistan, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates are the only countries that previously recognized Afghanistan's Taleban regime. The two Arab nations severed diplomatic ties with the Taleban after the September 11th terrorist attacks in the United States.

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