Canada has confirmed that 43 Canadian citizens were among dozens of people who were evacuated from Kabul in a special flight.
“We can confirm that today 43 Canadian citizens were on board a special flight organized by the Government of Qatar, which departed from Kabul, Afghanistan, for Doha. They will be repatriated to Canada in the coming days,” Marc Garneau, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Canada, said in a statement.
Garneau further added “Canada has been working closely with Qatar to ensure safe passage for Canadian citizens still in Afghanistan who are seeking to leave, and we thank them for their continued support.”
He also added that “We are working tirelessly, including through close cooperation with our international partners, to bring home remaining Canadian citizens, permanent residents and their families and the vulnerable Afghans who have supported Canada’s work in Afghanistan.”
The flight which left for Qatar on Thursday was the first evacuation flight to take off from Kabul Airport following the withdrawal of the U.S. forces from the country.
A U.S. official had earlier told Reuters that the Taliban authorities have agreed to let 200 American civilians and third country nationals to depart charter flights.
The official speaking on the condition of anonymity further added that the U.S. envoy for Afghanistan Zalmay Khalilzad had pressed the Taliban to allow the departures.