The United States on Sunday led more than 65 nations in urging the Taliban to let Afghans leave the country, warning of accountability for any abuses.
“The United States joins the international community in affirming that Afghans and international citizens who wish to depart must be allowed to do so,” Secretary of State Antony Blinken wrote on Twitter as the State Department released a statement signed by its close allies.
The United States joins the international community in affirming that Afghans and international citizens who wish to depart must be allowed to do so. Roads, airports, and border crossing must remain open, and calm must be maintained. https://t.co/lsNdsPETsW
— Secretary Antony Blinken (@SecBlinken) August 16, 2021
“Those in positions of power and authority across Afghanistan bear responsibility — and accountability — for the protection of human life,” the joint statement said.
The US military has secured the perimeter of Kabul airport, the State Department said Sunday, adding that Washington’s embassy in the Afghan capital been completely evacuated.
“All embassy personnel are located on the premises of Hamid Karzai International Airport, whose perimeter is secured by the US Military,” spokesman Ned Price said in a statement, hours after the Taliban took control of the city.
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