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Romanian president orders military aircraft to evacuate Romanian citizens from Afghanistan

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The president of Romania Klaus Iohannis ordered on Monday the immediate involvement of the Romanian military aircraft to evacuate from the Kabul International Airport, Romanian citizens who are still on the Afghan state’s territory, the Presidential Administration said in a press release, according to Agerpres. 

According to the source, president Iohannis was constantly informed regarding the evolution of the situation in Afghanistan by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MAE) and other institutions represented in the inter-institutional crisis unit, which carries out its steady-state activity for analyzing evolutions and proposal of adopting necessary steps.

Romania’s prime minister Florin Cîțu announced that 35 Romanian citizens were still in Afghanistan and that he proposed sending a military aircraft to evacuate them after the Taliban forces took over the capital Kabul, Romania-Insider reports. 

Romania will actively continue its political consultations and coordination with its partners from the European Union, its NATO allies, including the United States, in order to evaluate the situation and to adopt measures that impose for managing it, according to a press release.

EU’s foreign affairs ministers will discuss the situation in Afghanistan on Tuesday.

Western countries are still struggling to evacuate their citizens, mainly diplomatic and security personnel, from Afghanistan after the Taliban forces took over the capital and the Afghan president Ashraf Ghani fled the country on Sunday, August 15. The speed of the Taliban offensive, which started after the US withdrew its troops from Afghanistan, has taken Western powers by surprise