The deputy head of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Marcin Przydacz, announced the end of the Polish evacuation mission in Afghanistan. At the same time, he stated that Poland’s allies could still count on its support. “If they need our further help, we can show this solidarity, just as we showed solidarity with other partners in the region,” said the diplomat.
A terrorist attack took place in the vicinity of the Kabul airport on Thursday, killing several dozen people, including 13 American soldiers. She pleaded guilty to the attack in the capital of Afghanistan Islamic State group in the Khorasan Province, a fraction of the so-called Islamic State.
On Thursday, the deputy head of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Marcin Przydacz, expressed his sympathy and support to the families of the victims of the attacks. He added that there were no Polish citizens among them. He recalled that on Wednesday a decision was made to end the evacuation mission of Poles and Afghans who had previously cooperated with the Polish military contingent and the Polish embassy in Kabul.
He admitted that one of the reasons for this decision was the growing threat in Afghanistan. – We decided that we could no longer risk the lives of our army and our diplomats anymore. We had to complete this mission, despite various requests we received from political and social circles. We made this difficult decision, but today we can see how important and responsible it was. It also shows that the analyzes carried out by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Polish state are good and should be trusted – said Przydacz at a briefing in Chisinau.
Przydacz: the allies in Afghanistan can count on Poland’s support
He also declared that the allies could still count on Poland’s support. – This was assured by both the President and the Ministry of Diplomacy, directing their expressions of support for the United States to British allies. If they need our further help, we can show this solidarity, just as we showed solidarity with other partners in the region, said the Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs.
When asked what kind of support he meant, the deputy head of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs explained that it was, for example, logistical support. – Remember that many of these people were evacuated urgently from Afghanistan to various places, for example in the Gulf states, then they will be transported to the USA, Great Britain or other European countries. After all, the Polish state can also support its allies, should it be needed, said Przydacz.
According to him, another form of support is information exchange. – And we do it. Every two days there is a joint conference of all the countries that were present in Kabul. We exchange our information and observations. A number of countries are still there. Our returning diplomats are also available, they can tell about their experiences – what they have seen and how they have successfully organized this mission, so we can carry out such activities – said the deputy head of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
Polish evacuation mission in Afghanistan completed
Poland completed its evacuation mission in Afghanistan on Thursday. On Friday, missions were completed by, among others: Germany, Finland, Norway, Sweden and Spain. In the coming days, France, the Netherlands and the United Kingdom are also to follow suit. White House spokeswoman Jen Psaki said on Friday that the Biden administration had not changed plans to end the evacuation on August 31. However, she added that the US will help people in need leave Afghanistan also after troops have left the country.
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