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US leads 65 nations in urging Taliban to let Afghans leave country

  • Published at 09:49 am August 16th, 2021
Pak-Afghan border
Pakistan Army soldiers control the flow of people waiting to cross into Afghanistan, at the Friendship Gate crossing point at the Pakistan-Afghanistan border town of Chaman, Pakistan August 13, 2021 Reuters

‘The US joins the international community in affirming that Afghans and international citizens who wish to depart must be allowed to do so,’ Secretary of State Antony Blinken writes on Twitter

The US on Sunday led more than 65 nations in urging the Taliban to let Afghans leave the country, warning of accountability for any abuses.

"The US joins the international community in affirming that Afghans and international citizens who wish to depart must be allowed to do so," Secretary of State Antony Blinken wrote on Twitter as the State Department released a statement signed by its close allies.


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"Those in positions of power and authority across Afghanistan bear responsibility – and accountability – for the protection of human life," the joint statement said.

The US military has secured the perimeter of Kabul airport, the State Department said Sunday, adding that Washington's embassy in the Afghan capital been completely evacuated.

"All embassy personnel are located on the premises of Hamid Karzai International Airport, whose perimeter is secured by the US Military," spokesman Ned Price said in a statement, hours after the Taliban took control of the city.


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