US thanks India, others for help during Afghanistan evacuation

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In total, the United States and its partners relocated more than 124,000 people to safety, including 6,000 US citizens, reports Asian Lite News

The United States has thanked several countries including India for their “generous offers” to help in a variety of ways regarding the relocation efforts for at-risk Afghans during critical evacuation operations from Afghanistan.

The United States forces left Afghanistan on Tuesday morning, marking the end of a chaotic and messy exit from America’s longest war.

In total, the United States and its partners relocated more than 124,000 people to safety, including 6,000 US citizens.

“With support from partners and allies, the United States put together a global network – consisting of more than two dozen countries spanning four continents – with total temporary transit capacity of 65,000 people on a rolling basis, including up to 2,000 spaces to accommodate persons that need longer-term processing,” the state department said.

The state department said that the US is grateful to the global network of countries that have provided critical assistance for our evacuation efforts.

“Partners and allies – including Bahrain, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Georgia, Hungary, Italy, Kosovo, Kuwait, Netherlands, Norway, Pakistan, Qatar, Spain, Switzerland, Turkey, Ukraine, the United Arab Emirates, and the United Kingdom – have helped transit Americans or others to safety,” it said.

“Other countries have made generous offers to help in a variety of ways regarding the relocation efforts for at-risk Afghans. These countries include Albania, Bahrain, Canada, Colombia, Costa Rica, Chile, Ecuador, Guyana, India, Kuwait, Mexico, Netherlands, North Macedonia, Poland, Portugal, Qatar, Rwanda, Singapore, Uganda, and the United Arab Emirates,” it added.

The state department assured that the US is working around the clock to ensure US citizens, at-risk Afghan civilians, and others are able to reach their ultimate destinations safely and efficiently.

Four Americans evacuated from Afghanistan

Less than a week after the US withdrew its last soldier from Afghanistan – ending its 20-year-long presence in the country — at least four Americans who were left behind were evacuated into a bordering nation, a US state department official told Reuters on Monday. This marked the first US-facilitated overland evacuation since all its troops pulled out from the now Taliban-controlled Afghanistan on August 31.

“We have facilitated the departure of four American citizens from Afghanistan via an overland route. Our embassy greeted the Americans as they crossed the border into the third country,” the officials noted without divulging any additional information, including the country they were evacuated to.

US Congressional Representative Ronny Jackson confirmed the evacuation on Twitter, and also identified the four Americans as part of his constituent district in Texas. He added that the evacuation was successfully executed “after two weeks and multiple life-threatening attempts.”

Notably, following the US troops and other Western forces withdrawing from Afghanistan – which is now witnessing battle between the Taliban fighters and Northern Alliance resistance force over Panjshir Valley —thousands of at-risk Afghans are looking at land evacuation to flee the Islamist insurgents’ regime.

Furthermore, the US state department on Sunday also published a declaration by nearly 100 nations committed to aiding Afghans to reach destinations outside of their homeland. However, none of them have signed it up, according to the Reuters report.

Among the countries that border Afghanistan are Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan, Iran and Pakistan.

Tajikistan has pledged to take in 100,000 Afghan refugees, while Uzbekistan has said they would permit Americans and others to use its territory for transit in order to depart from Afghanistan.

Since the August 31 pull out, world organisations including Nato have been focussed on continuing with the evacuation of Afghans left behind.

Nato chief Jens Stolenberg said last week that they “will not forget” the Afghan nationals, who wished to fly out of Afghanistan, but were unable to when the evacuation was on. “We will continue to work with Nato allies and other countries to help people leave. The Taliban has clearly stated that people will be allowed to leave, we will judge the Taliban not on what they say, but by what they do,” he added.

Meanwhile, EU commissioner for home affairs, Ylva Johansson has announced that a high-level Resettlement Forum will be convened this month to “discuss concrete priorities with member states and provide sustainable solutions to those Afghans who are most vulnerable, particularly women and children.”

She pointed out that the EU will cooperate with other global leaders for a “safe and legal route for resettlement.”

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