Qatar, in coordination with countries concerned and parties in Afghanistan, has facilitated the evacuation of more than 40,000 people safely from the Afghan capital Kabul to Qatar.
"Most of the evacuees are transiting in Qatar, where they are hosted temporarily for a few days before departing on flights to their onward destinations," the Ministry of Foreign Affairs announced in a statement on Thursday, adding that evacuation efforts will continue in the coming days in consultation with international partners.
The statement said that the evacuation efforts are an extension of Qatar's commitment toward the brotherly people of Afghanistan and their right to dignity and safety, noting that the evacuated groups include families, women, children, and minorities.
The statement explained that at the request of international groups including non-governmental organisations (NGOs), media organisations and educational institutions, Qatar safely evacuated thousands of Afghan employees and their families, as well as female students from across Afghanistan, adding that Qatar also facilitated the evacuation of citizens of the US, France, and Germany, and other countries.
"In the interest of public health in the State of Qatar, as well as the of those who have been evacuated, all evacuees that do not immediately transit to their onward destinations are being provided with a PCR test, and a Covid-19 vaccine (if requested), in addition to transportation and temporary accommodation, as well as healthcare, meals, and all basic necessities," the statement said.
Qatar is currently temporarily hosting a large number of evacuees - most of them students, families and journalists, the statement added.
The statement also explained that, as a reliable international mediator and partner, Qatar has been talking with all parties concerned to facilitate aid and evacuation, while closely following the developments in Afghanistan, stressing that Qatar will spare no effort in supporting the people of Afghanistan through diplomacy, dialogue, and developmental projects to achieve stability and prosperity in Afghanistan.