September 24, 2021

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Int’l community urges Taliban to allow safe departure

epa09122228 (FILE) - A picture showing passengers passing a portrait of Afghan President Hamid Karzai at Kabul International Airport, in Kabul, Afghanistan, 26 March 2012 (reissued 08 April 2021). According to Afghan security forces, a plane carrying Asad Qaiser, Speaker of the National Assembly (lower house of the parliament) of Pakistan, was prevented from landing at the Kabul airport on 08 April 2021 citing security threats after explosives were found in the vicinity of the airport. EPA-EFE/S. SABAWOON

Roads, airports, and border crossing must remain open, and calm must be maintained,” the signatories said.

The international community has urged the Taliban to allow Afghan nationals and foreigners who wish to leave the country safe passage.

A group of more than 60 countries made the call in a joint statement issued by the U.S. State Department.

“Afghans and international citizens who wish to depart must be allowed to do so.

“Roads, airports, and border crossing must remain open, and calm must be maintained,” the signatories said.

The signatories included Austria, Britain, Canada, Germany, Spain, and European Union’s foreign policy chief, Josep Borrell.

“The Afghan people deserve to live in safety, security, and dignity.

“We in the international community stand ready to assist them,” the statement added.

Taliban militants marched into the Afghan capital Kabul on Sunday.

Germany, the United States, and other states evacuated their embassies and began to fly personnel out of the country. (dpa/NAN)

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