Airplanes carrying hundreds of people evacuated from Kabul arrived in Britain and Germany on Wednesday, as Western countries stepped up their evacuation efforts. The Taliban pledged to provide Afghan government officials with women’s rights, media freedom and amnesty.
A Royal Air Force plane carrying British nationals and embassy staff landed at an air base in Oxfordshire, England, while a German government chartered plane carrying 130 evacuees landed in Frankfurt, Germany.
The United States said that so far, its military flights have evacuated 3,200 people from Kabul, of which 1,100 were on Tuesday alone.
In Kabul, the Taliban tried to adopt a conciliatory tone at the first press conference after the lightning occupation of the Afghan capital. possible Respect women’s rights within the framework of Islamic law and express the desire for peaceful relations with other countries.
“We don’t want any internal or external enemies,” said Zabihullah Mujahid, the main spokesperson of the armed group.
The Taliban’s statement lacks details, but hints at a more moderate line than it was during its reign 20 years ago. Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar (Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar), one of the co-founders of the organization, was more than 10 years old. Returned to Afghanistan for the first time.
The following are the latest updates:
Australia evacuated 26 people in its first rescue flight
Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison said that Australia’s first rescue flight had sent 26 people out of Afghanistan.
Morrison told reporters in Canberra: “This is the first of many flights. Due to the weather and weather, we did notice that the weather forecast is not very good later this week.”
Australia said on Monday that it will send 250 military personnel to Kabul to evacuate its citizens and Afghans who have obtained visas after working in Australia. The exact number is unknown.
Airplane carrying Afghan evacuees arrives in the UK and Germany
The plane carrying people evacuated from Kabul has landed in Britain and Germany.
Early on Wednesday morning, a Royal Air Force plane carrying British nationals and embassy staff arrived at an air base in Oxfordshire, England. It is not clear how many people are on the British plane.
According to DPA news agency, the German government chartered Lufthansa flight carried 130 people evacuated from Kabul. It took off from Tashkent, the capital of Uzbekistan, and landed in Frankfurt, Germany in the early hours of Wednesday morning.
A Lufthansa spokesperson told DPA that after consultations with the German government, the airline will also provide flights from Doha, Qatar and possibly other countries bordering Afghanistan.
UNHCR hopes to continue working in Afghanistan
The United Nations Refugee Agency (UNHCR) expressed its hope to continue working in Afghanistan.
“We want to stay in this country because people there need help more than ever before,” said Katharina Lumpp, UNHCR representative in Germany.
“Most of the Afghans who have been displaced in the past few months are now internally displaced within their own country,” she told the German daily Le Monde. “They urgently need support and humanitarian assistance.”
Britain announced plans to resettle 20,000 refugees from Afghanistan
According to British news media reports, the United Kingdom has stated that it will accept up to 20,000 Afghans under a new resettlement plan, which will give priority to women, girls, religious and other minorities.
According to a report by The Times on Tuesday, the plan will provide the UK with a safe and legal way for those who are “most likely to suffer from the Taliban’s human rights violations and dehumanization treatment”.
It is estimated that approximately 5,000 people will arrive in the UK in the first year.
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The White House said 1,100 citizens and permanent residents were evacuated on Tuesday
The White House said that about 1,100 Americans, permanent residents and their families were evacuated from Afghanistan by military aircraft on Tuesday.
A White House official said in a statement: “Now that we have established mobility, we expect these numbers to escalate.”
It added that the United States had evacuated a total of 3,200 people.
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