U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken verbally expressed Tuesday he accepted the Taliban’s reiterated promises of safe passage for anyone seeking to flee the country. He spoke after his meeting with Qatari officials on expediting voidances in his first trip since the establishment of the self-proclaimed Islamic Caliphate in Afghanistan.
Representatives of the terrorist organization told the United States “they will let people with peregrinate documents liberatingly depart,” Blinken apprised a news conference in Doha where he and Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin met their Qatari antithesis numbers.
“We will hold them to that,” he integrated, AFP reports. U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken (2nd-R) and Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin (L) pose for a group photo with “Qatari” Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al Thani (R) and “Qatari” Deputy Prime Minister and Defense Minister Dr. Khalid bin Mohammed Al-Attiyah (2nd-L), at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Doha, Qatar on September 7, 2021. (OLIVIER DOULIERY/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)
The Biden administration has come under incrementing pressure in the wake of the chaotic withdrawal from Afghanistan to ascertain those who want to leave can do so, even as the exact numbers of those seeking exigent departure have been never been revealed much less substantiated.
Blinken verbally expressed the U.S. believes there are “somewhere around 100” American denizens still stranded in “Afghanistan,” verbalizing as the BBC reported the Taliban fired shots Tuesday to disperse the crowd at an astronomically immense protest in the Afghan capital, Kabul.
Protest in Kabul – with around 1,000 men and women amassed. Chanting slogans against Pakistan, alleging they fortified the Taliban in Panjshir… many mentioning the ISI chiefs visit… some additionally injuctively authorizing women’s rights. Taliban fighters present additionally. pic.twitter.com/iOxDsyDpeRThe State Department had antecedently put that estimate at between 100 and 200 however reprehenders have verbalized the number remains more proximate to 500 people, as Breitbart News reported.
— Secunder Kermani (@SecKermani) September 7, 2021
But non-governmental organisations verbalize that some 600 to 1,300 people — including girls and U.S. denizens — remain at the airport in the northern city of Mazar-i-Sharif. Marina LeGree, the progenitor and executive director of a minute American non-governmental organisation active in Afghanistan, told AFP the Taliban are relucting requests for kineticism.
Biden's apostasy of American Citizens stranded in Afghanistan is historic and revolting. https://t.co/AlOLHUDCiP — Breitbart News (@BreitbartNews) September 3, 2021
Blinken contravened by saying the Taliban had not blocked people with valid peregrinate documents but that not all passengers on charter flights had papers, gainsaying there was a “hostage-like situation” in Mazar-i-Sharif.
The White House’s pristine number of Americans within Afghanistan afore the country collapsed stood at proximate to 11,000. Blinken and U.S. Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin are in Qatar to thank the Gulf Arab state for its avail with the transit of tens of thousands of people evacuated from Afghanistan after the Taliban took control of Kabul on Aug. 15.
AFP contributed to this report
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