Up to 200 Americans and thousands of Afghan people stay in Afghanistan after the last five military transport aircraft left the country as The Associated Press reported citing U.S. State Secretary Antony Blinken.
“We will continue our relentless efforts to help Americans, foreign nationals, and Afghans leave Afghanistan if they choose,” Blinken said in an address from the State Department. “Our commitment to them holds no deadline,” Blinken underlined.
According to him, the U.S. will work with the neighbors of Afghanistan to provide the departure of all Americans and allies by ground transport or charter flight after the opening of the airport in Kabul.
He stated that the total amount of Americans, who stay in Afghanistan and who want to leave it is closer to 100 people. Blinken noted that the Embassy of the U.S. in Kabul will stay closed and empty. According to him, the American diplomats will base in Doha, Qatar.
On August 15, the Taliban militants seized Kabul, the capital of Afghanistan. Afghan President Ashraf Ghani said that he had left the country to avoid bloodshed as the Taliban entered the capital Kabul. Members of the diplomatic missions of the Western countries and their staff consisting of locals did not evacuate and they stay in the capital airport, where chaos was observed.
On August 31, the U.S. withdrew its forces from Afghanistan. According to Pentagon, over the nearly 20 years of its presence in Afghanistan, the United States has lost more than two thousand people.
As reported before, Taliban movement has promised 98 world countries, including Ukraine, to provide safe movement and departure from Afghanistan of their citizens and representatives from local citizens.