September 21, 2021

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Washington accuses Taliban of blocking access to Kabul airport in Afghanistan

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The U.S. State Department has accused the Taliban of blocking entry to Afghanistan at the Hamid Karzai International Airport in the capital, Kabul.

US Diplomat Wendy Sherman said the United States would provide assistance to allies and thousands of Afghans.

Another 2,000 people have been evacuated from Kabul in the past 24 hours, according to the US channel Al-Hura.

Sherman explained that his country would soon invite more than 800 visa holders (Special Immigrant Visas / SIVs) to come to the United States from Afghanistan.

A U.S. official says Washington plans to double the number of embassy officials in Kabul by Friday.

“We have read reports that the Taliban, contrary to their public statements and their obligations, are blocking Afghanistan from entering the airport,” he said.

Regarding Afghan refugees, Sherman explained, “We have consulted with officials in a dozen countries to encourage Afghan refugees to take steps to facilitate their entry into their territories.”

US Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin has said his country has 4,500 troops in Afghanistan and no clashes with the rebels have been recorded.

According to the website of the Al-Hura channel, “We maintain channels that communicate with the Taliban.

* Translated from Arabic by Majdi Ismail


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