Hungary’s Evacuation Flight from Afghanistan Nearing the End: Minister


Budapest-Hungary’s evacuation flight from Afghanistan is nearing its end after Central European countries have airlifted more than 500 people from Kabul, Foreign Minister Peter Sijart said Wednesday.

Western nations were in a hurry to complete the evacuation of thousands of people from Afghanistan on Wednesday. The August 31 deadline for the withdrawal of foreign troops is approaching, and there are no signs that the country’s new Taliban rulers may allow the extension.

“Exact timing [of when our evacuation ends] Siyarto added at a news conference that most evacuees were Afghan citizens who supported Hungarian charities or Hungarian troops.

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The family will begin boarding the US Air Force C-17 Globemaster III transport aircraft on August 23, 2021 during an evacuation at Hamid Karzai International Airport in Afghanistan. (Distribution via US Marine Corps / Sergeant Samuel Lewis / Reuters)

Siyarto said after a plane carrying 240 Afghan citizens, including 126 children, who landed in Budapest, the capital of Hungary, on Wednesday. It was not clear if there were other people on the plane. Szijjarto didn’t provide any further details.

Hungary, a tough opponent of illegal immigrants to Europe, has rejected plans to accept a large number of Afghan refugees and has reiterated that it will only evacuate those at risk of supporting NATO’s presence in Afghanistan.

Another plane arriving in Budapest on Monday evacuated 173 people, including many, from Afghanistan at the request of the United States and Austria.

By Anita Komuves and Gergely Szakacs

Reuters

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