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Coveney - 88 Irish citizens and dependents now evacuated from Afghanistan

The Minister for Foreign Affairs, Simon Coveney, can announce that 25 additional Irish citizens and their dependents have been successfully evacuated from Afghanistan.

The 15 citizens and 10 dependents travelled from Kabul to Doha late last night (Wed. 6th October) on a specially organised flight with the support of Qatar.

Minister Coveney said, “This is a huge relief and testament to the ability of our consular team in Dublin and the region who have worked tirelessly through diplomatic channels to access last night’s flight.”

The 25 citizens and dependents have been met by a consular team in Doha who will assess their needs before they travel on to Ireland.

Previously 63 citizens or dependents were safely evacuated from Afghanistan. Last nights’ mission brings the total number to 88.

Simon Coveney added, “We remain aware and in contact with other citizens who still want to leave Afghanistan and our work with key partners will continue to achieve this. Ireland is also committed to its international obligations to help vulnerable Afghan refugees and groups of people in that category continue to arrive or be in transit.”

 

ENDS

Press Office

07 October 2021

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