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The Taliban are taking power. Prime Minister Morawiecki: Polish military planes are flying to Afghanistan

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Polish military planes are flying to Afghanistan, informed Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki via social media. The head of government added that “there will be a special meeting on this matter with relevant ministers”. About 100 people are to be evacuated from Kabul on board machines belonging to the Polish air force.

After the swift offensive in Afghanistan on Sunday Taliban captured the country’s capital, Kabul. Taking advantage of the withdrawal of US-led international military forces, Islamic fighters seize control of the state. More countries are evacuating their diplomatic staff and citizens from Kabul.


Lockheed C-130 Hercules of the Polish Air ForceMaciej Kulczyński / PAP

Polish planes fly to Afghanistan

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Mateusz Morawiecki announced in a social media post on Tuesday morning that “Polish planes are on their way to Afghanistan.” “The situation on the ground is dynamic and we must constantly analyze the information that comes to us from our services,” stressed the Prime Minister. Therefore, he said, “today, after the meeting of the Council of Ministers, there will be a special meeting on this matter with the relevant ministers.” It will be attended by the heads of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Ministry of National Defense and the Ministry of the Interior and Administration.


Earlier, Michał Dworczyk, the head of the prime minister’s office, informed in an interview with Polsat News that there are two military planes on the way to Afghanistan. The third one started before noon. The plan – as Dworczyk said – assumes the evacuation of about 100 people, but the list is “dynamic”.

Lockheed C-130 Hercules of the Polish Air ForceJakub Kaczmarczyk / PAP

Morawiecki: Poland does not leave its allies and friends in need

On Monday Prime Minister Morawiecki he assured that “Poland does not leave its allies and friends in need”. “Our priority now is to ensure the security of all those who are associated with Poland in Afghanistan, some of these activities must, for obvious reasons, remain secret,” he wrote.

Main photo source: Maciej Kulczyński / PAP

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