Hungary Evacuating Citizens From Afghanistan

Hungary will bring all its citizens home safely from Afghanistan, a foreign ministry official has said.

Hungarians in Afghanistan are constantly reaching out to the Hungarian authorities about returning home, state secretary Levente Magyar told public media, but could not specify how many people would be evacuated in total. The government will do everything it can to get all Hungarians home safely, he added. One larger group of 26 people is expected to be flown home by one of Hungary’s military allies, Magyar said. However, if this plan were to fall through for some reason, Hungary will be able to bring them home too, he added.

Magyar said the crisis in Afghanistan was approaching its denouement, which he said had been caused by the United States announcing the withdrawal of its troops from the country without any prior meaningful consultations with its allies. The withdrawal was carried out, “paving the way for an overwhelming offensive by the Taliban, which has now allowed them to take control of the entire country”, he added. Because of this, there is now a threat that Europe could see a repeat of 2015 when it was “overrun” by millions of migrants from the Middle East, he said.


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