The United States has evacuated all local Afghan personnel at the U.S. embassy in Afghanistan along with their families, media reported.
According to an internal ABC News report, approximately 2,800 Afghans were successfully evacuated on Saturday evening at 8:30 p.m. ET on Saturday.
The Hill reported that an internal State Department cable sent last week allegedly said Afghan embassy staff were “deeply discouraged” by the US evacuation operations. The cable relayed reports that staff were harassed, spat on and insulted by Taliban fighters at checkpoints.
âOur local staff and their families have suffered hardships, pain and loss as a result of their dedication to working with us to build a better future for all Afghans. We have a special commitment to them because of this,â he said. a State Department spokesperson said.
The United States and its partner countries reaffirmed in a joint statement on Sunday their commitment to ensuring the safe movement of their citizens and Afghans at risk outside of Afghanistan.
Since August 14, the United States has evacuated and facilitated the evacuation of approximately 114,400 people. Since the end of July, the United States has relocated around 120,000 people.
White House press secretary Jen Psaki said on Friday that the United States will engage with the Taliban to ensure the safe evacuation of people from Afghanistan after the August 31 deadline for withdrawal ,
“The president asked the secretary of state to continue diplomatic efforts with international partners to guarantee third-country nationals and Afghans with visas the means to leave the country even after the end of the American military presence”, had Psaki said during a press briefing.
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