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Volume 204: debated on Tuesday 25 February 1992

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To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will seek to restore diplomatic relations with Afghanistan; and if he will make a statement.

Diplomatic relations with Afghanistan have not been broken. The Afghan embassy in London continues to function under a charge d'affaires. British diplomats were withdrawn from Kabul in February 1989 because of the uncertain security situation. We have no present plans to reopen the embassy.