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It was revealed that there were around six planes awaiting clearance at Mazar-i-Sharif airport in Afghanistan, which was under Taliban rule, but their departure was prevented by the Taliban. As the development sparked a crisis in the United States, the Biden administration has been targeted by criticism for not putting enough pressure on the Taliban.
Foreign Minister Antony Blinken acknowledged the situation after initially denying that the Taliban were holding the planes and said in a statement: “The Taliban does not allow charter flights, saying some passengers do not have them. necessary documents”.
THE PERMIT IS GRANTED FOR 200 AMERICAN CIVILIANS AND OTHERS
In addition to all these developments, US Special Representative Zalmay today announced in a statement to Reuters that following pressure, the Taliban have agreed to allow 200 Americans and other civilians to leave Afghanistan.
THIS WILL BE DONE THURSDAY
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The evacuation flight is expected Thursday. It is not yet clear whether one of the allies of the United States and Afghanistan that the Taliban prevented from stealing from Mazar-e-Sharif is among those who will be leaving Kabul.
BIDEN SAID “WE APPLY PRESSURE”
US President Biden also said on Wednesday that the international community was exerting strong pressure on the Taliban to allow the resumption of evacuation flights.
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