98 countries, including the United States, have agreed to continue issuing visas to Afghan residents. This is stated in a joint statement, transfers The New York Times. Signatory countries reported that the Taliban terrorist movement has provided guarantees of safe passage for those who leave. People who have received visas will be able to leave for any of the countries that have signed the agreement.
Taliban chief negotiator Sher Mohammad Abbas Stanikzai announced that the new Afghan government will not prevent people from leaving, regardless of their nationality or whether they worked for the United States during the 20-year war.
Among the countries indicated in the statement, there is no Russia and China that have promised to help the Taliban rebuild Afghanistan, the newspaper notes.
The United States and European countries began to evacuate their citizens from Afghanistan after the Taliban terrorist movement established control over the country in mid-August. President Ashraf Ghani resigned and left for the UAE. Ordinary Afghans also began to flee the country occupied by the Taliban: a stampede began at the Kabul airport, in which at least 20 people died.
Since the end of July to date, US authorities have evacuated about 120,000 people from Afghanistan, the White House press service said.