US Secretary of State Antony Blinken said Wednesday that as many as 1,500 American citizens may still need to be evacuated from Afghanistan and the Taliban have pledged to allow some departures after US troops leave the country on August 31.
Blinken told reporters that at least 4,500 American citizens of the 6,000 Americans who wanted to leave Afghanistan have departed.
This comes as US allies also work to evacuate, as the European Union on Tuesday called on the US to continue protecting the airport “as long as necessary” beyond its military’s August 31 exit date, to remove more people in danger of potential Taliban reprisals.
Belgian Prime Minister Alexander De Croo wrote Wednesday on Twitter that “given the development of the situation in Afghanistan” the country had decided to end its operations and evacuate remaining personnel.
Belgium’s move was made “in consultation with European partners”, he added.