Blinken says United Arab Emirates taking evacuees from Afghanistan

U.S. Secretary of States Antony Blinken said on Friday night that the United Arab Emirates has agreed to take evacuees from Afghanistan.

“The United States is grateful to the United Arab Emirates for its humanitarian efforts and its gracious offer to facilitate the safe transit of U.S. citizens, embassy personnel, and foreign nationals evacuated from Kabul to third countries,” Blinken said in a brief statement.

He said the United States greatly “appreciates the Emirati government’s support; it is emblematic of our strong and enduring partnership.” 

“We have no higher priority than the safety and security of U.S. citizens overseas, including our military and diplomats serving in Afghanistan.  We thank our Emirati partners for their support in this effort,” Blinken added.

The announcement comes after Qatar reached capacity and the United States began looking for other places to evacuate people from Afghanistan.

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Simon Ateba is Chief White House Correspondent for Today News Africa. Simon covers President Joe Biden, Vice President Kamala Harris, the U.S. government, the United Nations, the International Monetary Fund, the World Bank and other financial and international institutions in Washington D.C. and New York City.

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