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State Department confirms Qatar Airways charter flight is pending Kabul, Afghanistan, on Friday, providing protection to 28 US citizens and 7 lawful permanent residents.

State Department spokesman Ned Price issued a statement on Saturday detailing the number of Americans rescued, thanking the Taliban for their “cooperation” with the international community.

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“We can confirm that the Qatar Airways charter flight took off from Kabul yesterday with 28 US citizens and 7 on board.” lawful permanent residents on board,” Price said. “We are grateful to the Qatari authorities for continuing to coordinate these flights with us. We will continue to help American citizens and Afghans affiliated with the US government leave Afghanistan. The international community welcomes the Taliban’s cooperation in these flights, and we will continue our partnership to ensure full freedom of movement for American citizens and Afghans.”

Third plane from Afghanistan with Americans on board land in Doha

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This charter flight is only the third confirmed flight to take Americans out of Afghanistan as the US completely withdrew from the country and the Taliban took control.

US on Friday special envoy Zalmai Khalilzad confirmed that a Qatar Airlines chartered plane landed in Qatar carrying about 170 civilians. Khalilzad said he was “grateful that more Americans were able to leave”. [Friday] On a Qatar Airways flight.

“As President Biden said, there is no time limit for Americans to stay in Afghanistan,” the envoy said. “We are committed to getting them out if they want to come home.”

According to The Associated PressState Department spokeswoman Jalina Porter confirmed that the plane had departed Kabul on Friday, but said that, at the time, government officials were still working on determining how many Americans and Afghans were on the flight that landed in Doha. were collaborators.

Porter also said on Friday that a total of 36 American citizens had left Afghanistan between charter flights and ground crossings since US forces withdrew.

Secretary of State Antony Blinken said on September 8 that the Taliban should allow planes carrying Americans and allies to fly out of Kabul airport, or else there would be consequences.

“Those flights need to be able to leave, and the United States government, the State Department — we are doing everything we can to help make that happen,” Blinken said. “Those flights need to be moved. I have pointed out some complications, but those flights need to be moved.”

Despite the efforts of the State Department, about 100 Americans remain stranded in Afghanistan.

The Associated Press and Granthshala News’ Thomas Barrabee contributed to this report.