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US, 60 more countries issue joint statement, says 'Afghans, others must be allowed to leave Afghanistan'

The statement went on to say, "The Afghan people have earned the right to live in safety, security, and dignity. We, as a global community, stand ready to support them."

US other 60 countries issue joint statement on citizen evacuation gcw
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Washington D.C., First Published Aug 16, 2021, 2:16 PM IST
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Amid the ongoing Kabul crisis, the United States Department said more than 60 countries issued a joint statement stating that Afghans and international citizens who want to leave Afghanistan must be allowed to depart. It added that airports and border crossings must remain open.

In a joint statement, the US government and countries such as Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the Republic of Korea, Qatar, and the United Kingdom stated that "those in positions of power and authority across Afghanistan bear responsibility - and accountability - for the protection of human life and property, as well as the immediate restoration of security and civil order."

 

It went on to say, "The Afghan people have earned the right to live in safety, security, and dignity. We, as a global community, stand ready to support them."

The Taliban proclaimed the Afghan war finished after militants grabbed control of Kabul's presidential palace as US-led forces withdrew and Western nations raced to evacuate thousands of their people on Monday.

The Pentagon authorised an additional 1,000 troops to assist in the evacuation of US residents and Afghans working for them from Kabul, as the US administration said that it would take over air traffic control to expedite the departure of thousands of Americans.

Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, the Czech Republic, Denmark, the Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Estonia, Finland, Greece, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Spain, Sweden, Ukraine, and Yemen are among the other nations that signed the joint statement, according to the State Department.

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