German Ambassador to Afghanistan Marcus Botsal announced on Wednesday that the Taliban movement with official “legal” documents had allowed Afghanistan to leave their country after the August 31 deadline to withdraw US troops. Security said 88,000 people had been evacuated. Since August 14th.
The German ambassador said on Twitter that he had met with Sher Mohammed Abbas Stanikzai, the deputy chairman of the Taliban negotiating team, who had “assured me that he would have the opportunity to travel to Afghanistan on commercial flights after August 31 with legal documents,” the agency told France-Press.
In a speech on Tuesday, US President Joe Biden confirmed that the United States would adhere to the August 31 deadline for withdrawals, but insisted that compliance with the date depended on cooperation with the Taliban.
Concerns are growing over the thousands of Afghans who are willing to do anything to flee their homeland to the Taliban. Yesterday, German Chancellor Angela Merkel called on the international community to continue “dialogue with the Taliban” to protect the gains made in Afghanistan since the deployment of NATO forces in the country.
“Our goal must be to preserve as much as possible the changes we have made in Afghanistan over the past 20 years,” Merkel told MPs in the German Bundestag.
Merkel said Germany would seek to help Afghanistan, which has been cooperating with its troops and aid organizations, and would like to leave their country after the August 31 deadline to withdraw foreign troops.
On the other hand, Maj. Gen. Hong Taylor, a spokesman for the Pentagon, announced that the United States had expelled about 88,000 people from Afghanistan since August 14. A spokesman told a news conference yesterday that “almost 88,000 people have fled Afghanistan safely, including more than 4,400 U.S. citizens.”
From Tuesday to Wednesday, 90 U.S. military flights and other international flights were postponed, with 19,000 people on board, with one flight departing from Kabul airport every 39 minutes. He said the U.S. military would continue its evacuation from Kabul airport until August 31 if necessary, but would primarily evacuate U.S. troops and military equipment in the last two days.
A U.S. Defense Department spokesman said more than 10,000 people were currently waiting to be evacuated from an airport in the Afghan capital.
Since the Taliban took control of much of Afghanistan, including the capital, in the middle of this month, the United States and other countries have continued large-scale deportations, including of their own citizens and Afghan citizens who have cooperated with these countries. (Agent)
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