More Irish citizens evacuated from Afghanistan

Sixteen Irish citizens and dependents were evacuated from Afghanistan.

Foreign Minister Simon Coveney confirmed on Thursday that 10 other citizens and six dependents had been evacuated from Kabul airport to Doha, the capital of Qatar.

The evacuation took place on Wednesday evening.

The group was met by Irish officials in Doha and will travel to Ireland later.

In a statement, Mr Coveney said: “This is testament to our teams, at our embassy in Abu Dhabi, the region and in Dublin, who have worked tirelessly through the diplomatic channel to help people leave Afghanistan. “

Mr. Coveney thanked the Qatari Foreign Ministry for its support.

“We are in contact with the limited number of Irish citizens and their dependents 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. “

The evacuation is the latest example of the Irish government working with Qatar to evacuate citizens.

Earlier this month, 15 citizens and 10 dependents traveled from Kabul to Doha on a specially organized flight with support from Qatar.

Irish authorities have been working to evacuate Irish citizens in Afghanistan since the fall of the Afghan government and the Taliban takeover in August.

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