Iran tells citizens to leave Afghan cities amid heightened security risks

The Iranian embassy in Afghanistan has issued an urgent warning calling on citizens to immediately leave cities outside the capital Kabul amid deteriorating security situation in the country.

“It is recommended to the nationals of the Islamic Republic of Iran who live or do business in Afghan districts and cities other than the city of Kabul to immediately leave the Afghan territory,” read the statement that was published on Sunday by the official IRNA news agency.

Iranians travel to Afghanistan mostly for business purposes as the country relies for a bulk of its imports needs on its western neighbor.

However, security in the country has deteriorated amid a renewed insurgency by the Taliban group.

Iranian customs office IRICA has already tightened restrictions on border crossings with Afghanistan although trade has been flowing into the country mainly through trucks commissioned by Afghan businesses.