Czechs approve program to help Afghan translators
The Czech government on Friday approved a program of help for Afghans who worked with Czech troops during their deployment in NATO missions, AP reported.
Afghan Voice Agency (AVA)_Defense Minister Lubomir Metnar said the help meant for and their families includes their relocation, an offer of asylum and financial aid.
Metnar said the goal of the program is to ensure safe and decent living conditions for them after troops pull out of Afghanistan, AP reported.
The government’s move came days after the , current service members, human rights organizations and others urged the government to help resettle the Afghans because of the deteriorating security situation in Afghanistan, AP reported.
President Milos Zeman asked his government on Thursday to approve the program without any delay because of fears that Afghans who worked with the Czech military could be killed by the Taliban.
The Defense Ministry declined to provide further details about the program, which is classified in order to protect its recipients, AP reported.
The number of Afghans wasn’t given.
The last Czech service members pulled out from Afghanistan in June.
Since 2002, a total of 11,500 Czech soldiers were deployed in Afghanistan, AP reported.