Sunday, December 5

Afghanistan: EU, US and UK demand that ‘those in positions of power’ facilitate evacuations

More than 70 countries around the world, including the member states of the European Union, on Sunday night called on all parties currently involved in Afghanistan to “respect and facilitate” the departure of foreign nationals and Afghans who wish to leave.

“Given the deterioration of the security situation, we support, we are working to ensure and call on all parties to respect and facilitate the safe and orderly departure of foreigners and Afghans who wish to leave the country,” he added. statement issued by the US Department of State. He says.

“Those in positions of power and authority throughout Afghanistan have responsibility – and accountability – for the protection of human life and property, and for the immediate restoration of security and civil order,” they add.

It requires that all roads, airports and border crossings remain open so that those who wish to leave can do so.

“The Afghan people deserve to live in safety, security and dignity. We, in the international community, are ready to help them,” he concludes.

Signatories include 24 EU member states, the European Union High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, Norway, the UK and the US.

The arrival of the first waves of Taliban insurgents in Kabul on Sunday morning prompted the United States to begin evacuating the entire embassy building, leaving only acting ambassador Ross Wilson and a core of other diplomats operating at the airport. .

Washington announced late on sunday that his troops have secured the Hamid Karzai International Airport in Kabul to “allow the safe departure of American and allied personnel from Afghanistan through civilian and military flights.”

US troops were scheduled to withdraw entirely on September 11, to mark the 20th anniversary of the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon, but Washington has said a total of 6,000 troops will be deployed “over the next 48 hours. “with a mission focused solely on the evacuation of American and Afghan citizens.

Over the past two weeks, nearly 2,000 Afghan nationals eligible for special US immigrant visas have already arrived in the US.

European counties, including the United Kingdom, Denmark, Spain and France They have also confirmed that they are evacuating their Afghan citizens and citizens who have previously worked in their embassies or as translators for their troops out of safety concerns.

Secretary of State Anthony Blinken insisted on ABC’s “This Week” that the evacuation “is being done in a very deliberate way, it is being done in an orderly manner.”

For many, the evacuations and recent rescue attempts by Americans and other foreigners trying to save Afghan allies seemed far from orderly.

An Italian journalist, Francesca Mannocchi, posted a video of an Italian helicopter taking her to the airport, with an armed soldier on duty at a window. Mannochi described seeing plumes of smoke rising from Kabul as he flew. Some were from fires that US embassy workers and others were using to prevent sensitive material from falling into the hands of the Taliban.

He said the Afghans stoned an Italian convoy. She captioned her short video: “Kabul Airport. Evacuation. Game over.”

The Pentagon intends to have enough aircraft to carry up to 5,000 civilians a day, both American and Afghan translators and others who worked with the United States during the war.

French Armed Forces Minister Florence Parly said two military aircraft from Monday he would fly back and forth between Kabul and Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates to evacuate people.

It was not at all clear for how long Kabul’s deteriorating security would allow evacuations to continue.

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