The United Arab Emirates has agreed to host 5000 Afghan nationals evacuated from Afghanistan on their way to third countries, according to a statement released by Emirates News Agency WAM.
The UAE’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation announced that, following a request from the US, it would host the Afghans on a temporary basis, after which time they would travel on to other nations.
The statement added that the evacuees will travel to the UAE from the Afghan capital of Kabul on US aircraft in the coming days.
We are very grateful to the United Arab Emirates for the support to transit U.S. citizens, embassy personnel, and foreign nationals from Afghanistan through the UAE. We appreciate our strong partnership.— Secretary Antony Blinken (@SecBlinken) August 21, 2021
“The humanitarian gesture follows the UAE’s recent facilitation of dozens of flights carrying hundreds of foreign citizens from Afghanistan, including diplomats and support staff from a range of nationalities and non-governmental organizations to UAE airports. The UAE has also facilitated the evacuation of approximately 8500 foreign nationals utilizing its aircraft and airports from Afghanistan,” the statement added.
Sultan Mohammed Al Shamsi, Assistant Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation for International Development Affairs at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, said the UAE is always seeking peaceful, multilateral solutions, and is keen to continue its work alongside its international partners to advance efforts to assist the Afghan people during this time of uncertainty.
US President Joe Biden said in a speech at the White House that the US will work on providing safe evacuation for Afghans who might be targeted because of their association with the US.
“We’re going to do everything, everything that we can, to provide safe evacuation for our Afghan allies and partners,” Biden said