Six Georgians evacuated from Afghanistan via Hungarian flight

  • Six Georgian citizens arrived in Tbilisi from Kabul earlier today. Photo:1TV.

Agenda.ge, 18 Aug 2021 - 11:17, Tbilisi,Georgia

Six Georgian citizens, who worked for a US company in Afghanistan, have been evacuated from the country via a Hungarian charter flight, the Georgian Foreign Ministry has reported. 

The Georgian citizens, who were trying to flee the country after the Taliban seized control of Kabul on August 15, have already landed in Tbilisi. 

Sixteen other Georgian citizens remain in Afghanistan currently and the Georgian Foreign Ministry says they are doing ‘their utmost’ to ensure their safe return.

The ministry stated on August 16 that Georgia would send a plane to Kabul to evacuate its citizens. 

The flight landed at Tbilisi International airport earlier today. Video: RFE/RL.

However, Deputy Foreign Minister of Georgia Aleksandre Khvtisiashvili stated earlier today that sending a plane is ‘quite complicated because there is a chaotic situation’ in Afghanistan.

He said that bringing Georgian citizens to the Kabul airport is also ‘a very complicated task.’ 

We are cooperating with partner states to ensure the return of our citizens via flights which are already scheduled if we will not be able to send a plane soon,” Khvtisiashvili said. 

All the 22 Georgian citizens are former soldiers who had contract job either in Canadian or American companies in Afghanistan. 

US, British and Turkish soldiers are currently operating the Kabul airport, as crowds are trying to flee the country. 

President Ashraf Ghani fled the country shortly before the Taliban took control of Kabul and declared its victory.

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