German scale: 5,347 citizens evacuated from 45 countries
German Defense Minister Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer said in an emergency briefing that after the explosions two soldiers walked to one of the fortified centers of the American forces for security reasons, so they could not board the planes carrying the last groups of deportees. They left with a German military hospital plane on standby in the area. The plane landed because of the assassinations to support American forces in caring for the wounded.
The minister said that the deportation of the last two soldiers ended the evacuation of the German army, which expelled 5,347 citizens of 45 countries from Kabul.
Chancellor Angela Merkel said at another press briefing in Berlin:
By negotiating with the new Taliban leadership in Afghanistan, they seek to expel the people from the Asian country even after the military operation.
The head of German diplomacy, Heiko Maas, made a similar statement at a third Foreign Ministry briefing, stressing that the work will not end until the fate of everyone who bears responsibility is secured, so the German army operation will begin by closing the operation. New section.
He added that he will hold talks in Uzbekistan, Tajikistan and Pakistan from Sunday on how Germany can support these countries in dealing with the “humanitarian consequences of the trauma in Afghanistan”, that is, in the supply of refugees.
He said he will also visit Qatar and Turkey, which play an important role in shaping relations in the region, and another major topic of his talks will be how the international community can respond to the “new realities in Afghanistan” and how it can act. with the future Afghan government.
underlined: For Germany, the principles remain the same, and the “standard” is to respect basic rights and women’s rights, and to ensure that aid reaches those in need. To achieve the latter goal, he said, Germany will provide 600 million euros to United Nations organizations to support asylum seekers in Afghanistan and elsewhere in the region.
France plans to evacuate hundreds more Afghans
French President Emmanuel Macron announced at a press conference in the Irish capital Dublin, Thursday, that despite the explosion that occurred in the Afghan capital, France plans to evacuate hundreds of other Afghans from Kabul Airport.
France has been doing its best to evacuate Afghanistan for days. We will continue until the conditions are met at the airport
said the French president. He admitted, however, that “the situation has become very tense.”
He noted that since the Taliban took power on August 15, the French army has evacuated more than 2,600 people. He said that there are currently twenty buses waiting for Afghan citizens and Afghan Francos in Kabul, to be transported by French forces to and from the airport.
“This means that hundreds of others are in danger,” Emmanuel Macron stressed. He stressed that France will do its best for the people he agreed to evacuate by touching Abu Dhabi, but he has not yet arrived at the airport. But he added: “I cannot guarantee that we will be able to carry out these operations because we are not in control of the security situation.”
Emmanuel Macron said at a press conference that France is one of the most important European asylum countries for Afghans. France did its job and did not wait for the crisis.”
The President of the Republic noted that unlike other NATO countries, the French army had already withdrawn its forces from Afghanistan in 2014, and between 2014 and 2019, it had evacuated Afghans and their families who had previously assisted the army to France. Before the withdrawal of US forces, between May and July 2021, the French deported 623 Afghan nationals and their relatives who assisted in the work of the French embassy, institutions and organizations. In recent days, the main figures targeted by the Taliban, journalists, artists, teachers or women’s rights activists, have been evacuated.
He condemned the explosion that targeted NATO and the European Union
European Union leaders and NATO secretaries-general also condemned the bombing at Kabul airport in the Afghan capital on Thursday and warned of the importance of avoiding an outbreak of terrorism.
European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen said in a Twitter message that everything must be done to ensure the safety of those at the airport. He said the international community should work closely together to avoid a resurgence of terrorism in Afghanistan and beyond the borders of the conflict-affected country.
In his letter, Charles Michel, President of the European Council, called for this to be vital to ensure safe access to Kabul airport. “We need to make sure that the current precarious situation does not lead to a resurgence of terrorism,” he added.
David Sassoli, President of the European Parliament, also warned against ensuring security at Kabul airport. He stated that EU countries must secure European citizens and everyone who feels threatened.
In a message, NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg said the primary objective of the allies remains to evacuate and secure as many people as possible as quickly as possible.
An explosion near Kabul airport on Thursday killed at least 13 people and wounded several Taliban armed guards.
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