Government doing "everything possible" to ensure safe return of Irish citizens in Kabul, says Micheál Martin 1 week ago

Government doing "everything possible" to ensure safe return of Irish citizens in Kabul, says Micheál Martin

"The Minister for foreign affairs will be bringing forward a memo in respect to this next week."

Taoiseach Micheál Martin has said that the Government is doing "everything possible" to ensure the safe return of Irish citizens who are stuck in Kabul.

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Speaking in the Dáil on Wednesday, Martin said: "Rest assured we will do everything possible to facilitate the safe return to the country of Irish citizens.

"The Minister for foreign affairs will be bringing forward a memo in respect to this next week.

"We will do what we can to facilitate that family and other families and all Irish citizens."

There are approximately 60-70 Irish citizens and dependants still in Afghanistan at present, however, the Department of Foreign Affairs told the Irish Times that the "precise number" of people requiring ongoing Irish consular assistance in Afghanistan is "fluid".

Commercial flights in the country have now been suspended, stranding Afghans and other foreign nationals in the country as mostly all evacuations finished in the area last month.

The Taliban declared the war in Afghanistan was over and has since taken control of the presidential palace, with the elected president having fled the country.

The Islamist group was able to seize control after all foreign troops pulled out with fears the Taliban could now reimpose the brutal regime they enforced prior to the war in 2001.

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