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Wednesday, October 27, 2021

Evacuations ongoing for Irish citizens in Afghanistan – Coveney

Minister for Foreign Affairs Simon Coveney has stated that evacuations are currently ongoing for Irish citizens in Afghanistan.

The evacuations are currently being aided by Irish diplomats and members of the Army Ranger Wing.

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With the Taliban issuing warnings over an extended military presence past the 31st of August, as well as a terror attack threat believed to be from Islamic State militants, Western nations are against the clock to evacuate as many people as possible.

Warnings were issued about a potential terrorist attack outside Kabul airport, which has led to officials advising against congregating at the airport.

Coveney stated, “Irish diplomats and members of the Army Ranger Wing have aided a number of Irish citizens and residents to evacuate from Afghanistan,” while adding that the number of people being evacuated will not be issued until the Emergency Consular Aid Team has left Kabul.

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Coveney provided an update on the condition of the Irish team on the ground in Kabul; he tweeted, “Our team of diplomats and Army Rangers in Kabul are safe, busy and doing fantastic work with partners,”.

Independent TD and former Defence Forces member Cathal Berry stated that it’s a sensible decision for the Irish diplomatic mission to withdraw from Kabul airport before August 31st, stating that it has achieved a lot in the past two days.

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