America advises citizens to leave Afghanistan as soon as possible

The U.S. State Department recently issued a new advisory on international travel, urging all Americans interested in leaving Afghanistan to do so “as soon as possible.” The BNG announcement came in the context of the US and NATO troops' announcement to leave Afghanistan soon.

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“U.S. citizens wishing to leave Afghanistan should leave the country as soon as possible on existing commercial flights,” the U.S. State Department said.

In addition, the ministry also ranked Afghanistan at level 4 in the “should not come” category, which is the highest level according to the convention of the US Department of State.

The new report urges Americans not to go to the Middle East country on the pretext of “the COVID-19 pandemic, crime, terrorism, civil unrest, kidnapping, and armed conflict.”

Data provided by the Worldometer shows that Afghanistan has recorded nearly 60,000 cases of COVID-19 so far, the number of new cases has continued to increase over the past month.

The announcement from the US State Department added that the agency had ordered the evacuation of the majority of its staff based at the embassy in Kabul and that, as a result, routine diplomatic services would be difficult to provide to Americans in Afghanistan.

The agency explained that “the evacuation from Afghanistan is extremely limited due to lack of infrastructure, geographical constraints and volatile security situation”.

According to an earlier update provided by the U.S. Department of State, about 80% of countries around the world have been listed “no-show” by the U.S. due to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The updated list in mid-April shows countries such as Canada, France and Mexico classified in level 4.

The latest move comes against the backdrop of US and NATO forces having initiated a withdrawal procedure from bases in Afghanistan.

While the NATO military bloc plans to withdraw its full force on May 1, U.S. President Joe Biden recently announced that U.S. forces will completely withdraw from Afghanistan on September 11, on the occasion of the 20th anniversary of the terror attacks on New York and Washington DC.

Duy Tien

(According to Sputnik)

Source: Public Security Force

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