US in 'constant contact' with Americans remaining in Afghanistan who still wish to leave: Blinken
US Secretary of State, Antony Blinken on Friday (local time) said that the United States is in "constant contact" with Americans remaining in Afghanistan who still wish to leave the country.
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US Secretary of State, Antony Blinken on Friday (local time) said that the United States is in "constant contact" with Americans remaining in Afghanistan who still wish to leave the country. "Our new team in Doha, Qatar is running, we are in constant contact with Americans who remain in Afghanistan, and wish to leave...we've assigned management team for the same," said Blinken days after troops' withdrawal from Afghanistan, which has fallen to the Taliban.
Blinken said that "we continue to maintain channels of communication with the Taliban on issues such as its commitment to let people leave Afghanistan should they choose to do so." He also said that helping Afghans is more than a priority for the United States.
"Helping Afghans is more than a priority for us...It's an ongoing commitment...UNSC resolution makes clear the international community's expectations of the Taliban, including freedom of travel, upholding basic rights of Afghans, women & children," Blinken said. "We are working closely with our partners in Qatar and Turkey to help get the airport in Kabul up and running as quickly as possible," he added.
Earlier on Thursday, Blinken spoke with Qatari Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al Thani and thanked him for Qatar's effort to assist with the safe transit of US citizens, and other evacuees from Afghanistan. Blinken commended Qatar for our strong partnership to promote regional security and discussed other important bilateral efforts to advance US-Qatar ties, the US Department of State said in a statement.
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