U.S. Embassy Kabul, Afghanistan

The United States recognized Afghanistan in 1921 after its independence from the United Kingdom, and diplomatic relations were established in 1935. The first U.S. Legation in Kabul opened in 1942 and was elevated to embassy status in 1948. However, the embassy closed in 1989 due to safety concerns; it reopened in 2002 after NATO forces overthrew the Taliban. Construction was completed on a new embassy compound in 2005.

The U.S. Embassy in Kabul suspended operations on August 31, 2021.  While the U.S. government has withdrawn its personnel from Kabul, U.S. citizens in Afghanistan in need of routine consular services can contact any U.S. embassy or consulate for assistance. A core group of Embassy Kabul personnel are currently working from the U.S. Embassy in Doha.

The United States’ commitment to the people of Afghanistan is enduring. The United States continues to press for an orderly transition of power to an inclusive government with broad support that respects the rights of all of its citizens, including women and minorities. The United States uses every diplomatic, economic, political, and assistance tool at its disposal to uphold the basic rights of all Afghans, support continued humanitarian access to the country, and ensure the Taliban honors its commitments.


United States Department of State, Office of the Historian and Bureau of South and Central Asian Affairs.

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