MoFA stated that it had assisted in the evacuation of more than 40,000 individuals to Doha and that it will continue to do so in the coming days. Those who do not immediately move to another country will be given a PCR test and, if asked, the COVID-19 vaccination according to the government.
Doha is temporarily hosting "a large number of evacuees most of them students, families and journalists", the ministry informed.
Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman bin Jassim Al Thani, Qatar's foreign minister, had told Fox News on Sunday that Qatar had accepted "full responsibility" for evacuating Afghan civilians and foreigners from Afghanistan.
“We are taking the full responsibility for them [evacuees], taking them to the airport and ensuring their safety throughout. We are trying to facilitate for other countries who don’t have access to reach people who are there on the ground,” stated the foreign minister in a televised interview with an American broadcaster.
The pressure to accomplish the evacuation of thousands of foreigners and Afghans who assisted Western countries throughout the 20-year battle against the Taliban has increased, with all US and coalition soldiers expected to depart the airport next week.
A senior Emirati official told a press briefing on Thursday that the UAE had assisted in the evacuation of 36,500 individuals, including 8,500 who arrived via its national airlines or airports.
He said that the UAE, in collaboration with the US, has established a transit hub and processing centre in Abu Dhabi for refugees to go through health and security inspections before proceeding to the US or a third country.
Qatar and the US have agreed to temporarily house 8,000 Afghan people in Qatar, while 5,000 would be housed in the UAE and Kuwait.