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PublishDate: Tuesday, August 24, 2021 11:12

UK says has evacuated over 7,000 people from Afghanistan

The United Kingdom said late on Monday it has evacuated over 7,000 people from Afghanistan, adding that the evacuation process will run as long as the security situation allows and that no firm date was set for the end of evacuation flights,

Afghan Voice Agency (AVA)_“7,109 individuals have been evacuated from Afghanistan under Operation PITTING, which commenced on Friday 13 August. More than 1,000 UK Armed Forces personnel deployed in ”, Britain’s Ministry of Defence said in a statement.

According to Reuters, this includes embassy staff, , those eligible under the Afghan Relocation and Assistance Policy programme and a number of nationals from partner nations, the statement added.

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson and U.S. President Joe agreed on Monday to work together to ensure all those eligible to leave Afghanistan were able to, including after the initial evacuation phase ended, Johnson’s office said.

The Taliban seized power earlier this month from a U.S.-backed government.

Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab said over the weekend that Britain would have to turn to and China to exercise a “moderating influence” over the Taliban, despite mistrust between the UK and those governments.

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