The hastily evacuated US Embassy in Kabul is unlikely to stay vacant for long, retired US Army colonel and diplomat Ann Wright told RT, saying that Washington accepting the Taliban takeover would benefit the Afghan people.

The lightning takeover of Afghanistan and downfall of the Western-backed government has prompted the US to abandon its Kabul embassy, with a hasty and chaotic evacuation underway from the city’s airport. The massive multimillion-dollar facility, however, is unlikely to remain abandoned for too long, Wright, who helped to reopen the US mission after the 2001 invasion, told RT.

“I would anticipate that it’s going to be opened,” Wright said. “The Taliban is reaching out to the international community to say: your facilities will be safe, your diplomats will be safe, and I think it’s an outreach of the new administration.”