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Two further Irish citizens evacuated from Afghanistan, with 34 remaining

Two further Irish citizens have been evacuated from Afghanistan, bringing the total so far to eight.

Thirty-four Irish citizens remain in Afghanistan waiting to be evacuated, with 23 being adults and 11 being dependents.

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Minister for Foreign Affairs Simon Coveney said: “There are now eight Irish citizens who have got out on various different flights”.

“We’re fully committed to all 34, we’re staying in close contact with them through the embassy in Abu Dhabi,” coveney continued.

He went on to say it is a very fluid and difficult situation.

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Coveney said Irish citizens in Afghanistan should not travel to the airport unless they are advised to by the Irish Embassy in Abu Dhabi.

“This is a very complicated and difficult situation for all the countries that are present in Kabul airport trying to get their citizens out. We are working with many of them to try to get Irish citizens on planes that are leaving”.

Coveney said the Irish Government has received cooperation from the US, the UK as well as France and Germany.

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