US exploring land routes to evacuate Afghan allies
Nuland welcomed efforts by Qatar and Turkey to reopen the airport in Kabul in coordination with the Taliban. “They have relatively optimistic projections about when that will happen, but we need to see it happen obviously,” she told reporters, as per Al Jazeera. She said the administration’s “top priority” is to get the 100 to 200 remaining US citizens out of the country. Nuland declined to share details about the possible land routes to minimise potential risks for people who may have to take them. Also on Wednesday, State Department spokesperson Ned Price said Washington fully backs efforts to reopen the airport in Kabul, which he said would allow US citizens to leave Afghanistan and enable the delivery of humanitarian aid.
“The Turks and the Qataris together with forces on the ground are working as quickly as they can to reopen the civilian airport,” he said. – IANS