Poland will evacuate 300 citizens of Afghanistan who cooperated with NATO, informed Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki after talking to the Secretary General of the Alliance, Jens Stoltenberg. “We will transport them first to Poland and then to other NATO countries,” the head of government explained.
Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki spoke on Friday with the NATO secretary general. On social media, he informed about the arrangements that were made during this conversation. “Poland will be responsible for the evacuation operation and ensuring safe transport for 300 Afghan citizens who have cooperated with the North Atlantic Alliance in recent years,” the prime minister said.
“We will transport them first to Poland and then to other NATO countries,” he explained. He assured that Poland “treats allied obligations very seriously” and announced that “this is not our last word in the matter of participation in the Alliance’s operations related to the Afghan crisis”.
Evacuation from Afghanistan
On Thursday night in Warsaw a third plane has landed with Poles evacuated from Kabul and Polish collaborators and their families. The first plane from Uzbekistan landed in Poland on Wednesday evening, and the second one on Thursday morning. Evacuation carried out by the Polish services is carried out by military planes from Kabul to Uzbekistan, from where the evacuated civil planes of LOT Polish Airlines then get to Poland.
Kabul in the hands of the Taliban
When the United States withdrew most of its troops from Afghanistan, the Taliban occupied much of the country’s territory. On Sunday, they entered the country’s capital Kabul and took control of the presidential palace. U.S. forces had to halt all evacuations on Monday after the Kabul airport was blocked by thousands of people wanting to leave the capital of Afghanistan, occupied by the Taliban on Sunday. Flights resumed on Tuesday morning.
Main photo source: US Air Force / Senior Airman Taylor Crul / Forum