Turkey secretly evacuates Afghan minister,intelligence head

Also intelligence chief and MPs on repatriation flight from Kabul

20 August, 12:02

    (ANSAmed) - ISTANBUL, 20 AGO - On Monday, Turkey evacuated at least 40 senior Afghan government officials, hidden on a Turkish Airlines repatriation flight of Turkish citizens that landed in Istanbul with 324 passengers aboard.

    Among the officials evacuated were second vice president Sarwar Danish, foreign minister Mohammad Hanif Atmar and the head of the National Directorate of Security Ahmad Zia Sraj, as well as three other former ministers and several MPs.

    The news was released Friday by local media after the evacuated officials were placed under security.

    According to a reconstruction, Turkish soldiers oversaw the boarding of the flight, preventing many people from boarding the aircraft amidst the chaos at the Kabul airport.

    The evacuation plans were reportedly organised in the days prior, before the Taliban entered the Afghan capital.

    "We are grateful to Turkey for what it has done for us," said the vice chairman of the Afghan High Council for National Reconciliation Enayatullah Babur Farahman, cited by Turkish daily Hurriyet. (ANSAmed).

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