About 1,000 people, including dozens of Americans and Afghans who hold visas for the United States or other countries, have been stranded in Afghanistan for the fifth day, Sunday, in waiting for the Taliban to authorize flights to leave, according to the New York Times.
The newspaper said the plight of those wishing to depart from the international airport in the northern city of Mazar-i-Sharif reflects the plight of thousands who have not been in able to board the planes from Kabul after the Taliban seized the capital before the withdrawal of US forces. .
Mike McCaul, a leading Republican on the US House of Representatives Foreign Affairs Committee, told Fox News Sunday that 6 planes were stranded at Mazar-i-Sharif airport with American and Afghan interpreters on board, They have not been in able to take off because they did not have permission from the Taliban.
He added that the Taliban were holding the passengers “in hostage to fulfill the demands, “but several reports have placed in McCaul’s statement is doubtful.
McCaul said the Taliban wanted “something in changed “to accept the flights and that he believed they were seeking” full recognition from the United States of America “.
A person familiar with the evacuation efforts told Reuters that describing the passengers as “hostages” was incorrect.
The New York Times reported that the organizers of the evacuation flights in Qatar said that the planes in Mazar-i-Sharif have received the necessary clearance and are in awaiting final approval by the Taliban.
The newspaper quoted Eric Montalvo, an American marine in pension involved in the organization of flights, saying that “the Taliban do not hold in the planes hostage “.
On the Afghan issue, UN Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs, Martin Griffiths, said on Sunday he had met with the leaders of the Afghan Taliban movement, where he affirmed the international organization’s commitment to providing humanitarian aid “without prejudice.”
Griffiths added on Twitter that he also stressed “protecting millions of people in need in Afghanistan “.
For his part, Taliban spokesman Muhammad Sohail Shaheen announced that Griffiths has met with Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar, head of the movement’s political office in Kabul.
On Twitter, Shaheen indicated that the UN delegation “is committed to continuing humanitarian aid.”
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