White House thanks interpreter in hiding who helped rescue Biden in 2008 and commits to evacuating Afghan partners

워싱턴 White House press secretary Jen Psaki on Tuesday praised the Afghan interpreter in hiding who helped rescue then-Sen. Joe Biden during a 2008 rescue mission as she reaffirmed the UScommitment to helping Afghan allies.

Our message to him is: Thank you for fighting by our side for the last 20 연령. Thank you for the role you played in helping a number of my favorite people out of a snowstorm and for all the work you did. And our commitment is enduring, not just to American citizens but to our Afghan partners who have fought by our side,” Psaki 말했다.
And our efforts and our focus right now is, as you’ve heard Gen. McKenzie say and others say over the last 24 시간, is to the diplomatic phase. We will get you out. We will honor your service. And we’re committed to doing exactly that.
    통역사, who is going only by his first name, Mohammed, told the Wall Street Journal that he is asking the President tosave me and my familyafter US forces allowed him to enter Kabul’s airport during their evacuation mission but restricted his wife and children.
      The Journal first reported earlier Tuesday that Mohammed had helped rescue Biden in 2008 when his helicopterwhich was also carrying then-Sens. Chuck Hagel of Nebraska and John Kerry of Massachusettswas forced to make an emergency landing in the mountains of Afghanistan because of a snowstorm.
        The Journal reported that Mohammed has had his Special Immigrant Visa stuck in processing. The program is meant to provide a pathway to the United States for Afghans who were employed by or worked on behalf of the US government, but many have had trouble navigating the program’s process amid the USfrantic scramble to evacuate.
        I can’t leave my house,” he told the Journal. “I’m very scared.
          Though the Taliban said they would not harm those who had worked with foreign forces, revenge attacks have been reported.
          Nearly all the nations involved in Afghanistan evacuation efforts — 캐나다, 호주, 뉴질랜드, 프랑스, 스페인, Italy and morehave ended their operations and pulled out of the country. 그만큼 last US military planes left Kabul on Monday, marking the full withdrawal of American forces.
            아직도, when asked about the Biden administration’s commitment to helping Afghan allies, Mohammed told CNN’s Anderson Cooper onAC360Tuesday evening: “I trust him.
            I trust that he can do everything,” Mohammed said of the President. “He is the President of the United States. He is a man of education.

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