Blinken says Taliban are blocking charter flights from departing Afghanistan

The State Department has come under fire for not doing more to pressure the Taliban to allow planes to leave Afghanistan amid reports several planes carrying Americans have been stuck at Mazar-i-Sharif International Airport in Kabul.

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Blinken said during a press conference Wednesday at the Ramstein Air Base in Germany that the U.S. government hasmade clearto the Taliban thatthese charters need to be able to depart.

Those flights need to be able to leave, and the United States government, State Department – we are doing everything we can to help make that happen,” Egli ha detto. “Those flights need to move. I pointed out some of the complications that are there, but those flights need to move.

Blinken’s comments came after he confirmed Tuesday that the State Department had identified arelativelysmall number of Americans trying to evacuate from Mazar-e-Sharif, but he denied the Taliban was creatingany hostage-like situation.

It’s my understanding that the Taliban has not denied exit to anyone holding a valid document, but they have said that those without valid documents at this point can’t leave – but because all of these people are grouped together, that’s meant that flights have not been allowed to go,” Egli ha detto.

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