Washington working with Taliban on securing additional flights from Kabul: Blinken

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The US Secretary of State, Antony Blinken has revealed that Washington is negotiating with the Taliban to secure extra charter flights from Kabul airport for those wanting to leave Afghanistan past the August 31 withdrawal date.

According to media reports, Antony Blinken has made these remarks while speaking at a news conference in Qatar on Tuesday.

On the occasion, the US Secretary of State has said that the United States has been communicating with the Taliban to secure agreements for more charter flights to leave safely.

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Antony Blinken has vowed to hold the Taliban to their promise that all those with travel documents wanting to leave the country would be able to do so with no complication. He further stated stated that about 100 American nationals were still seeking a way out of Afghanistan.

The Secretary has denied claims that the Taliban had blocked people from leaving via an airport in the northern city of Mazar-i-Sharif. He said that there had been reports that more than 1,000, including a “relatively small” number of Americans, had been stuck awaiting charter flights.

“The insurgent group had only denied their exit because some among them were not in possession of valid documents,” he added.

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