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Tuesday, December 7, 2021

36 Irish citizens remain in Afghanistan – Coveney

According to the Minister for Foreign Affairs Simon Coveney, there are currently 36 Irish citizens still in Afghanistan who are awaiting evacuation.

An earlier figure of 25 adults and eight dependents has slightly risen despite three people successfully managing to leave the country.

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Aoife MacManus, who spoke to the media from Kabul earlier this week, was one of the three Irish citizens who was evacuated from Afghanistan.

In relation to her evacuation, Coveney stated that it would not be helpful to reveal how she was evacuated as Irish officials are working to get many other Irish citizens out of the country amid the chaos at Kabul airport.

Coveney spoke on RTÉ Today with Claire Byrne, where he stated that the Irish government was working with the European Union, the United States and the UK to help the remaining Irish citizens out of the country.

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The minister said that the biggest obstacle was getting people into Kabul airport, which is currently unsafe even for military planes.

He added that difficulties have also arisen from getting some of these people to Kabul from where they are.

Coveney added, “There are checks, run by the Taliban, and then there are large crowds that you have to find your way through to get into the airport, which is predominantly being managed by US soldiers,”.

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