Very professional: US on Taliban's role in the evacuation of Americans
- Horne informed that the US government facilitated the departure of US citizens on a Qatar Airways flight
- The country has brought back more than 6,000 American citizens and lawful permanent residents
- There is no deadline if you want to leave, Horne said
The White House on Thursday termed the Taliban’s role in facilitating the departure of American citizens and others from Afghanistan as businesslike and professional as a chartered Qatar Airways flight from Kabul landed in Doha.
"The Taliban have been cooperative in facilitating the departure of American citizens and lawful permanent residents on charter flights from HKIA. They have shown flexibility, and they have been businesslike and professional in our dealings with them in this effort. This is a positive first step," N National Security Council spokesperson Emily Horne said.
Horne informed that the US government facilitated the departure of US citizens and lawful permanent residents on a chartered Qatar Airways flight from Hamid Karzai International Airport.
“We can confirm that flight has safely landed in Qatar. We are deeply grateful to the continued efforts of Qatar in facilitating operations at HKIA and helping to ensure the safety of these charter flights,” she said.
“We have been working intensely across the US government to ensure the accuracy of the manifest and the safe departure and transit of the aircraft, and today's safe flight is the result of careful and hard diplomacy and engagement,” she added.
The country has brought back more than 6,000 American citizens and lawful permanent residents to the United States under Operation Allies Welcome thus far.
She said these efforts to facilitate the safe and orderly travel of American citizens, lawful permanent residents, and Afghans who worked for the US and wish to leave Afghanistan will continue.
“Because there is an ongoing terrorist threat to operations of this nature, we will not be sharing details of these efforts before people are safely out of the country. As President Biden has said, if you are an American citizen who wants to leave Afghanistan, there is no deadline. We remain committed to getting them out if they want to come out,” Horne noted.