Spaniards in Afghanistan: Spanish nationals, embassy staff and Afghan employees awaiting evacuation at Kabul airport | Spain

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Spain’s Interior Minister Fernando Grande-Marlaska announced on Monday that Spanish nationals, embassy staff and Afghans who have worked with the country’s armed forces and civilian missions in Kabul have now been transferred to the airport in the Afghan capital, where they wait to be evacuated. “as soon as possible.” Among these personnel are members of the special forces group GEO which guards the Spanish embassy in Kabul, a city now overrun by Taliban forces. “The airport is a safe place for our compatriots,” Grande-Marlaska said this morning in an interview with the Cadena SER radio network.

Spain’s foreign ministry has accelerated plans to evacuate Spanish nationals, embassy staff and Afghans who worked with the former due to the rapid advance of the Taliban, who began their assault on the capital on Sunday. Two A400M planes were due to leave Spain today for Dubai to cover the first phase of the repatriation process, according to a statement released Sunday evening by the Ministries of Foreign Affairs and Defense.

Plans were changed on Sunday as the day progressed. Defense ministry sources had already indicated that they were preparing a military transport plane in Kuwait in order to be ready to enter Kabul airport as quickly as possible. A bottleneck is expected to form at the airport. Eventually, the decision was made to send the two A400Ms to the United Arab Emirates. The initial plan, now accelerated, was to carry out the evacuation via four flights on these military planes and one on a civilian flight, subject to permissible conditions. The evacuation of around 500 to 600 people is planned.

english version by Simon Hunter.



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