Tahir Qadiry, Ambassador of Afghanistan to Poland, wrote an “Open Letter to Poland” in which he thanks Poland and Poles for their support. “No words are enough to express our gratitude for help in these difficult times for us,” he wrote. The letter was published on Twitter by Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Marcin Przydacz.
“As we write this letter, one of the most serious humanitarian crises of the 21st century is unfolding in our homeland, Afghanistan. Mothers plead with the international community to evacuate their children, women and men who have just entered adulthood cling hopefully to the wings of airplanes and older ones. a generation is falling into despair. People are forced to flee the place they until recently called home. They are unable to see that everything they have achieved in the last 20 years is lost in the chaos of war “- wrote the ambassador.
Letter from the Afghan ambassador
In an open letter, he stressed that “in the midst of the chaos, our Polish partners do not leave Afghanistan, carrying out evacuation missions and helping the needy.” “The recent decision of the Polish Government is an example of a strong commitment to our nearly 100-year long bilateral relations, dating back to the Friendship Treaty of Afghanistan and Poland in 1927. After the fall of the Taliban regime in 2001, our Polish allies actively participated in reconstruction and development programs in our country. During the peace support missions in Afghanistan, 44 Polish soldiers died. Afghans will never forget such a priceless sacrifice “- emphasized Qadiry.
The letter recalls that the situation in Afghanistan changed in a few days. “Neither our country nor our allies foresaw such a rapid worsening of the conflict. Faced with such a great threat to the lives of many people, our Polish friends undertook evacuation missions with the help of the Polish army. They help their Afghan partners, young, active and extremely talented Afghans and Afghans who know Poland very well and have contributed to the success of the military mission in Afghanistan. They are citizens of their country who will devote all their strength and energy to building a better future for their homeland as soon as peace reigns in it “- assured the ambassador.
At the same time, he expressed confidence that Afghans evacuated to Poland “will make an active contribution to Polish society and the economy during their stay in Poland.” “The humanitarian gesture in the face of recent events has left indelible traces of Polish goodwill and friendship in the hearts of Afghans. Despite the uncertain future, Afghans, who have long been working and defending the values of democracy, constitutionality and equal rights of women and men, will continue and increase their involvement in Poland for a long time. to achieve our common goals and values. Although our hearts are torn in the face of the helplessness of thousands of our countrymen, we Afghans, like Poles, have an element of steadfastness in our DNA and we will never bow to the tyranny of any force imposed on us, “he declared.
“We thank Poland and Poles for their support – no words are enough to express our gratitude for help in these difficult times for us. Thank you, Poland” – concluded Ambassador Qadira.
The letter was also sent by his predecessor: Abdul Hai Haider, Afghanistan’s ambassador to Poland in 2002-2007 and 2014-2017, as well as Afghanistan’s former deputy foreign minister. Both Afghan officials introduced themselves as “Friends of the Polish Nation.”
Evacuation from Afghanistan
On Tuesday, the plane that landed in Warsaw in the morning was one hundred and a dozen people evacuated from Afghanistan, said the deputy head of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Marcin Przydacz. As he added, a total of 750 people have already been evacuated from this country.
After the United States withdrew most of its troops from Afghanistan, the Taliban occupied much of the country’s territory. On Sunday, August 15, they entered the country’s capital Kabul and took control of the presidential palace. EU and NATO countries evacuate their citizens and their associates from Afghanistan.
According to the decision of President Andrzej Duda, the Polish Military Contingent, consisting of up to 100 people, went to Afghanistan to support the evacuation of Afghan collaborators of Poland and other NATO countries from this country.
Main photo source: PAP / Radek Pietruszka