2021.08.20 17:00

Lithuanian military begins evacuations from Kabul

LRT.lt2021.08.20 17:00

Lithuania’s Armed Forces have begun evacuating Afghan nationals who helped the country’s forces during the operation in Afghanistan, the military said in a press release on Friday.

“A small light at the end of the tunnel – the evacuation scenario [...] has finally acquired specific characteristics,” Defence Minister Arvydas Anušauskas said in a statement.

After four days of intensive consultations and meeting with partners, the evacuation operation was confirmed on Friday. A team of Lithuanian soldiers will depart to Kabul, the ministry said.

The country was in contact with the Untied States, Germany, Denmark, Poland, Ukraine, and other countries, seeking to find the best scenario in light of the changing situation on the ground.

The first group of six Afghan nationals, a driver who worked for the EU representation in Kabul and his family, will arrive in Lithuania on Friday evening, according to the press release.

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