Outgoing Foreign Minister Kag said on Twitter that the first Dutch people had left Kabul on two evacuation flights on their way to the Netherlands. It is unclear whether this means that these Dutch people are on a plane chartered by the Netherlands or that others have boarded. “We are working hard with our allies on new flights to facilitate evacuations in the near future,” she wrote.
By the way, the Dutch embassy staff has already been evacuated; He will be replaced by another team that left the Netherlands yesterday.
It is unclear how many Dutch people left with the two flights Kaag mentioned. France reported that four Dutch nationals were on a French overnight flight from Kabul to Abu Dhabi.
“Very relieved,” Kaag told the ANP news agency. But it is only a first step, many, many people still have to be evacuated.” She will not say how much.
Nu.nl writes that not everyone has been able to make it to the airport. Three Dutch Afghan families were caught in the chaos surrounding the airport. There was also shooting. Then they returned to the city. Earlier today, they received a call from the Dutch government to head to the airport.
Yesterday an attempt to take the Dutch on a plane sent by the Netherlands failed. The Dutch ambassador arrives in Kabul today. Kaag hopes to prevent the Dutch from missing another chance to leave.
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