Secy. Blinken: All American Citizens, Afghan Citizens With Valid Travel Documents Will Be Allowed To Leave

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Secretary of State Antony Blinken said the U.S. is still in negotiation with the Taliban about getting people out of Afghanistan on charter flights from the airport in Kabul. During a press conference in Qatar on Tuesday, Blinken said their needs to be an agreement with the group if the U.S. wants to board passengers on flights out of the area. The official went on to say the Biden administration has been able to identify a “relatively” small number of Americans they believe are seeking to leave through the Mazar-i-Sharif International Airport with their families. Blinken also addressed concerns of a potential hostage situation at the facility. “We’ve been assured, again, that all American citizens and Afghan citizens with valid travel documents will be allowed to leave,” he stated. “And again, we intend to hold the Taliban to that. They’ve upheld that commitment in at least one instance in the last 24-hours with a family that was able to leave through an overland route and we are not aware of anyone being held on an aircraft or any hostage like situation in Mazar-i-Sharif.”

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