The State Department confirmed on Saturday that nearly 30 US citizens were able to leave Taliban-controlled Afghanistan after the complete withdrawal of US troops.
“We can see that Qatar Airways’ charter flight departed Kabul yesterday, with 28 U.S. citizens and seven legal permanent residents on board,” said State Department spokesman Ned Price. Stated. statement..
“We are grateful to the Qatari authorities for continuing to coordinate these flights with us. We will continue to assist U.S. citizens and Afghans in the U.S. Government to leave Afghanistan. “He added.
Price suggested that the evacuation was successful thanks to the Taliban’s cooperation.
He also showed that the United States would continue to engage with terrorist groups to ensure that “US citizens and Afghans enjoy full freedom of movement.”
The evacuation was first mentioned on Friday by US Special Envoy Zalmei Harilzad.
“I am grateful that more Americans were able to depart on Qatar Airways flights today. We welcome this development,” he wrote on Twitter. director..
Associated Press Citing an anonymous source, he reported that more than 150 passengers were in flight. The news agency also said that more than 300 foreigners, US green cardholders, and Afghanistan with special visas left Afghanistan last week.
The Epoch Times cannot individually validate Associated Press reports.
The White House said in early September that more than 100 Americans remained in Afghanistan under Taliban control.
White House spokesman Jen Psaki told reporters that when the U.S. military withdrew on August 30, there were 100 to 200 U.S. citizens in the Middle East. In Washington.
Due to the lack of military presence in Afghanistan, the United States is trying to use diplomatic means to ensure the safe passage of Americans left behind in the country.
President Joe Biden reiterated his promise to meet the withdrawal deadline and keep the army there until all Americans who wanted to escape leave.
The Taliban promised to allow Americans to leave. Meanwhile, Taliban fighters blocked some Americans from passing through checkpoints, even when US troops were still on the ground, and beat several Americans in Kabul.
Zachary Stieber and The Associated Press contributed to the report.