The order was issued against non-core personnel of the diplomatic mission due to the increased threat of violence.
On Tuesday, the State Department ordered non-essential personnel to leave the US Embassy in Kabul due to the growing threat of violence in Afghanistan, Agence France-Presse reported.
The order comes two weeks after President Joe Biden announced that the S military, currently numbering about 2,500, would leave the country by September.
The State Department said in a statement that embassy staff in Kabul would have to leave the country if they can arrange their work from another location.
Ross Wilson, acting US Ambassador to Afghanistan, said the State Department made the decision “in light of the increasing number of reports of violence and threats in Kabul.” He clarified that the order concerns a “relatively small number” of employees and confirmed that the embassy would continue to work.
“The personnel needed to address the urgent challenges of the withdrawal and the important work we are doing supporting the Afghan people will be able to stay put,” Wilson tweeted.
The State Department continues to warn US citizens of the increased risk of visiting the country, as “terrorist and insurgent groups continue to plan and carry out attacks in Afghanistan.”
At a hearing before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee today, Zalmay Khalilzad, Washington’s special representative in Afghanistan said that if the future Afghan government is under the control of the Taliban and does not respect human rights, the United States would significantly reduce its assistance to Afghanistan.
Khalilzad, who has led the process of negotiations with the Taliban over the past few years, said the United States could use financial instruments to “force” the Taliban to respect human rights.
“We said that if they (the Taliban) really want help from the US if they want international recognition, if they want to end their rogue status… all of this will be affected by how they treat their own citizens – first of all, Afghan women, children, and minorities,” Khalilzad said.
He added that if the Taliban were to seize power militarily, they would be unlikely to enjoy international support. “They will face isolation, regional opposition, sanctions, and international condemnation,” Khalilzad said, adding that there was “a consensus in the region and the world at large against a military coup by the Taliban.”