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UK government signs statement on Afghan safe passage


The British government signed a joint statement Sunday in conjunction with the international community committing itself to ensure the safe passage of Afghan nationals seeking to leave Afghanistan beyond an Aug. 31 deadline.

The statement was published by Downing Street shortly after Taliban officials in Kabul sent reassurances to the international community that those eligible Afghans seeking to leave the country after this week’s deadline will be given safe passage and allowed to leave the crisis-stricken nation.

“We are all committed to ensuring that our citizens, nationals and residents, employees, Afghans who have worked with us and those who are at risk can continue to travel freely to destinations outside Afghanistan,” the statement said.

“We have received assurances from the Taliban that all foreign nationals and any Afghan citizen with travel authorization from our countries will be allowed to proceed in a safe and orderly manner to points of departure and travel outside the country,” it added.

The government will continue issuing travel documents to designated Afghans and will hold the Taliban to account for their statements made and commitments promised. The government also confirmed the statements released by the Taliban.

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