The federal authorities is urging these left in Afghanistan to remain put whereas the coalition mission modifications, and vows to maintain serving to these nonetheless making an attempt to flee the nation.
“We’ll proceed to exhaust each choice,” Immigration Minister Marco Mendicino instructed a information convention this morning.
“Whether or not it is by getting them out on coalition flights, whether or not it is by working with different regional companions to determine air bridges past the Aug. 31 timeline inside which the coalition will withdraw and by, sure, different methods to get them to 3rd nations.”
Mendicino stated Canada secured 500 seats on an American flight out of Afghanistan Thursday for these eligible to return to Canada. He advised such flights may not occur once more now that the evacuation effort on the bottom is wrapping up.
Overseas Affairs Minister Marc Garneau referred to as on these nonetheless trapped in Afghanistan to not “lose hope” and stated the federal government is seized with the duty of getting extra folks out.
“For the time being, we’re asking folks to remain put as a result of there’s loads of issues which are happening for the time being and we will maintain in fixed contact with them,” he stated.
“Some folks might make the choice that they’re going to search to get to a 3rd nation. Lots of the folks on the bottom there are greatest positioned to make the choice about what their lowest-risk, secure route is. However we can be prepared in the entire nations that they could probably come to, to obtain them at our consulates.”
Yesterday, Gen. Wayne Eyre, the performing chief of the defence workers, introduced that Canadian evacuation operations had completed forward of the deliberate U.S. withdrawal from the nation on Tuesday and that no extra Canadian-operated flights are deliberate to take folks out of Kabul.
The Taliban, a chosen terrorist group in Canada, has asserted management over Afghanistan in current weeks, almost 20 years after it was ousted in a U.S.-led invasion following the 9/11 assaults.
The Taliban’s sweep to energy has spurred many individuals fearing reprisals to flee the nation — together with Afghans who labored with Canadian troops.
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Eyre stated Canada has helped to evacuate greater than 3,700 folks from Kabul. The federal government acknowledged that quite a few individuals are nonetheless caught there — together with Canadian residents, everlasting residents and their households, and people searching for refuge in Canada.
Garneau stated it is nonetheless not identified what number of potential migrants to Canada are nonetheless caught in Afghanistan.
Officers briefing reporters Thursday morning stated they have acquired purposes representing 8,000 folks and that two-thirds of these purposes have been processed.
However they stated they do not know precisely how many individuals did not make it out. They stated that not the entire individuals who utilized to return to Canada are nonetheless in Afghanistan and lots of may need fled to neighbouring nations.
The federal government stated visas issued to these Afghans eligible to return to Canada will stay legitimate even when they have not left the nation but. It additionally stated it is waiving immigration paperwork charges for Afghans inside and outside Canada.
Officers stated there are not any embassy staffers left within the nation and that the ultimate Canadian Armed Forces personnel have additionally left.
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Garneau stated regional companions are talking to the Taliban regime about returning the Kabul airport to regular operations to clear the way in which for humanitarian help and getting extra folks out.
He additionally introduced that Canadian diplomat David Sproule, a former ambassador to Afghanistan from 2005 to April 2007, will now function a particular envoy for Afghanistan.
Singh, O’Toole say authorities delayed response
The Liberals have confronted mounting criticism of their response to the disaster.
On Thursday, Conservative Chief Erin O’Toole went on the assault, saying the federal government began too late.
NDP Chief Jagmeet Singh stated Trudeau knew concerning the issues with the evacuation effort however did not act in a well timed manner to assist.
At the moment, Liberal Chief Justin Trudeau defended his authorities’s actions, saying the velocity with which the Taliban took management of Afghanistan got here as a shock to many world wide.
“I feel lots of people on the bottom and world wide thought there can be extra time,” he stated.
“We accelerated our processes over the previous variety of weeks and months. We did every part we might.”
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