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Tuesday, December 7, 2021

33 Irish citizens waiting to be evacuated from Afghanistan

Amid the Taliban’s takeover of Afghanistan, 33 Irish citizens are currently waiting to be evacuated from the country.

With militaries seeking to secure Kabul airport, 25 Irish adults along with eight dependents are trying to leave Afghanistan.

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It’s likely that the Irish citizens will be transported home on a flight that’s organised by a foreign military.

While speaking on Newstalk Breakfast this morning, Minister for Foreign Affairs Simon Coveney stated, “We’re working with other EU countries to secure places for them on military flights out of Kabul airport that hopefully will be facilitated in the coming days.”

He added that the number of Irish people who are seeking to leave Afghanistan has increased slightly over the last 24 hours.

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Coveney stated that the situation in Kabul Airport is quite chaotic and that it’s not even safe for military planes to fly in or out of.

He assured that when it’s safe for military or military-organised planes to land in Kabul airport, there will be a place on board some of those planes for Irish citizens to be brought home.

At an EU Foreign Affairs Council meeting, which took place yesterday, member states discussed working together to ensure that their citizens safely return home, but that they would have to wait until the airport is secure.

Coveney stated, “We want to put as much pressure as we possibly can to force the Taliban to, in an effort to seek international recognition, abide by international law and protect their population, particularly women and girls.”

He also stated that he wants to make a number of things clear, with one of them being that other countries would hold Afghanistan to international laws.

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