Washington is negotiating with the Taliban to safe additional constitution flights from Kabul airport for these wanting to depart Afghanistan previous the August 31 withdrawal date, US Secretary of State Antony Blinken has revealed.
Talking at a information convention in Qatar on Tuesday, Blinken mentioned the US has been speaking with the Taliban to safe agreements for extra constitution flights to depart safely. He vowed to carry the Taliban to their promise that every one these with journey paperwork wanting to depart the nation would find a way to take action with no complication. Some 100 American nationals had been nonetheless looking for a approach out of the war-ravaged nation, he mentioned.
Blinken denied claims that the Taliban had blocked folks from leaving through an airport within the northern metropolis of Mazar-i-Sharif. There had been stories that greater than 1,000, together with a “comparatively small” variety of Individuals, had been caught awaiting constitution flights. The rebel group had solely denied their exit as a result of some amongst them weren’t in possession of legitimate paperwork, he defined.
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In line with a press release by President Joe Biden issued on August 31, the White Home estimated that there have been 100 to 200 US residents who wished to depart. Greater than 120,000 folks in complete have to this point been evacuated from Kabul.
The Taliban had initially acknowledged that it could not settle for any extension for evacuations previous the August 31 deadline. Nevertheless, it later assured the 100 states with overseas nationals within the nation that they, and designated Afghan residents, would “be allowed to proceed in a secure and orderly method to factors of departure and [to] journey outdoors the nation,” as per a press release issued by London, Washington, and others simply days earlier than the cut-off.
Qatar, which hosts the most important US army base within the Gulf area, has provided vital help in repatriating overseas nationals. In a press release issued on August 26, Doha mentioned it had helped evacuate greater than 40,000 folks, amongst them youngsters, girls, and journalists.
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