New Delhi: After the end of the evacuation mission by the US on August 31, The Taliban have now have agreed to let 200 American civilians and third-country nationals leave Afghanistan.
According to a Reuters report, The Taliban were pressed to allow the departures by U.S. Special Representative Zalmay Khalilzad, said the official, who spoke on the condition of anonymity
The flight is expected to depart on Thursday from Kabul airport but the official could not say whether the Americans and other nationals onboard include those who have been stranded in Mazar-i-Sharif for days because their private planes have not been allowed to leave Afghanistan.
Since Western forces left Afghanistan at the end of August, the United States and the United Kingdom have been attempting to find a way for those stuck in the country to leave.
On Monday, The U.S. facilitated the safe departure of four American citizens overland from Afghanistan.
The U.S. evacuated thousands of U.S. citizens from Afghanistan till August 30, 2021. America’s President Joe Biden said last week that 100 to 200 Americans with “some intention to leave” remained, including many who are dual citizens or longtime residents. The Biden administration has said it will continue to work to evacuate U.S. citizens who want to get out of Afghanistan, as reported by CNN.
On September 7, the Taliban announced an interim government that featured an all-male cabinet that included several old-guard members. The Taliban has appointed Mullah Mohammad Hasan Akhund as the ‘acting’ Prime Minister in the new Afghan government, with Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar and Mullah Abdus Salam being his deputies.