A total of 36 Irish citizens have been evacuated from Kabul as Ireland ends its emergency mission.
Since the deployment of the Emergency Consular Assistance Team (ECAT), a total of 26 Irish citizens were evacuated.
The team consisted of two Irish diplomats and the Army Ranger Wing.
Prior to the team’s arrival, ten Irish citizens had already been evacuated.
The Department of Foreign Affairs has stated that it’s aware of approximately 60 Irish citizens who are in need of support in Afghanistan along with 15 Afghan citizens with Irish residency.
The remaining citizens and residents have been advised against gathering outside the airport following two fatal explosions that occurred this afternoon.
Describing the number of Irish residents in Afghanistan in need of ongoing consular assistance as “fluid”, the Department of Foreign Affairs stated, “In line with other countries, the decision to withdraw today was made against the backdrop of an anticipated deteriorating security situation,”.
Minister for Foreign Affairs Simon Coveney confirmed the team’s departure while thanking them for their rapid deployment to such a challenging environment.
In regards to the remaining Irish residents in Afghanistan, Coveney stated, “I can give full assurance that the overall consular effort is continuing and we remain strongly committed to assisting those requiring ongoing consular support in Afghanistan.”