Coveney welcomes the departure of 12 Irish people from Afghanistan


Another 12 Irish residents left Afghanistan on a specially organized flight and were met in Doha by Irish officials.

The Foreign Office on Wednesday evening announced the successful departure of Irish residents and said the group consisted of three family groups of four adults and eight children.

This brings the total number of Irish residents who have left the country to more than 106, although there are still some left.

They traveled from the Afghan capital, Kabul, to Doha, the capital of Qatar, on Tuesday evening.

The Foreign Office said the group was met there by a ministry official for a needs assessment before traveling to Ireland.

Foreign Minister Simon Coveney praised the operation, which comes more than two months after the fall of Kabul amid the Taliban resurgence in mid-August, and amid a worsening humanitarian crisis in the country.

“The successful evacuation of this group of residents of Afghanistan is welcome,” Coveney said. “I am happy that they can now return home safely here in Ireland.

“We have successfully evacuated 106 Irish citizens and a number of residents, including those currently assisted, since the onset of the current crisis in Afghanistan. I would like to thank the Government of Qatar for its continued assistance in securing flights to Doha.

“We are in contact with the limited number of Irish citizens and residents who remain in Afghanistan and wish to leave. We will continue to work with our key partners to ensure their safe passage out of Afghanistan. ”


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