US says Taliban ‘businesslike and professional’ in Afghan evacuation

The US lauded the Taliban on Thursday for being businesslike and cooperative in allowing the first American evacuation from Afghanistan since the US military pullout.

The departure of a chartered Qatar Airways flight from Kabul to Doha on Thursday marked a “good first step” with the new leadership, according to National Security Council spokesman Emily Horne.

She stated in a statement that the Taliban had been accommodating in arranging the departure of American nationals and lawful permanent residents on charter aircraft from HKIA, Kabul’s Hamid Karzai International Airport.

“In our dealings with them in this endeavor, they have demonstrated flexibility and have been businesslike and professional.”

In a tweet late Thursday, State Department spokesman Ned Price stated that over 40 US citizens or permanent residents were invited to board the flight, but only 21 did.

He had previously stated, “Of course, we would like to see more such flights.” “We’ve heard public pronouncements implying that more may be on the way.”

After President Joe Biden terminated the 20-year military deployment in August, the US had previously stated that a little more than 100 Americans were believed to remain in Afghanistan.

Price stated that the majority of Americans who remained had ties to Afghanistan and had to make “heartbreaking” decisions about whether or not to go, but that they did not have to make that decision immediately.

“This opportunity does not expire if they turn it down one day and then change their minds the following day or even the next year,” Price explained.

In the final two weeks of the war, a round-the-clock airlift transported almost 123,000 people, including the majority of Americans in Afghanistan.

After President Joe Biden terminated the 20-year military deployment in August, the US had previously stated that a little more than 100 Americans were believed to remain in Afghanistan.

Price stated that the majority of Americans who remained had ties to Afghanistan and had to make “heartbreaking” decisions about whether or not to go, but that they did not have to make that decision immediately.

“This opportunity does not expire if they turn it down one day and then change their minds the following day or even the next year,” Price explained.

In the final two weeks of the war, a round-the-clock airlift transported almost 123,000 people, including the majority of Americans in Afghanistan.

Zainab Murtaza

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