Taliban allowing remaining 60 Irish citizens to leave

The remaining 60 Irish citizens who are left stranded in Afghanistan will be allowed to leave the country by the Taliban, according to the Irish government.

Approximately 100 countries around the world, including Ireland, the UK and the US, issued a joint statement claiming that the Taliban have allowed “all foregin nationals and any Afghan citizen with travel authorisation from our countries will be allowed to proceed in a safe and orderly manner to points of departure and travel outside the country.

“We are all committed to ensuring that our citizens, nationals and residents, employees, Afghans who have worked with us and those who are at risk, can continue to travel freely to destinations outside Afghanistan,” the statement added.

“We will continue issuing travel documentation to designated Afghans, and we have the clear expectation of and commitment from the Taliban that they can travel to our respective countries. We note the public statements of the Taliban confirming this understanding.”

In addition to the 60 Irish citizens still stranded in Afghanistan, there are 15 Afghanis who have residency in Ireland.

Though a rescue mission was launched by the Department of Defence, only 26 citizens were rescued in the end, leaving these 75 total citizens and residents behind.

Over the weekend the Department of Foreign Affairs said that there would be continued effort to return the remainder of those stranded home.

“We will be liaising with partners, including those who have a presence on the ground, to advise on safe options for remaining Irish citizens and immediate family members who wish to do so to leave the country in the period ahead,” wrote the DFA in a statement.

“We will continue to provide guidance to people who have a right to Irish residency who are in Afghanistan. Efforts to support citizens will be unstinting.”

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