A U.S. official said, Two hundred Americans and foreigners who remain in Afghhanistan are set to depart the war ravaged country on charter flights from Kabul on Thursday after the new Taliban government agreed to their evacuation.
The departures will be among the first international flights to take off from Kabul airport since the Taliban the capital in mid August, triggering the chaotic U.S. led evacuation of 124,000 foreigners and at risk Afghans.
The move comes two days after the Taliban announced an government made up mainly of ethnic Pashtun men including wanted terror suspects and Islamist hardliners, dashing international hopes for a more moderate administration.
The Taliban were pressed to allow the departures by U.S. Special Representative Zalmay Khalilzad, the U.S. official said, speaking to Reuters on condition of anonymity.
The European Union voiced its disapproval at the appointments, but said it was ready to continue humanitarian assistance. Longer term aid would depend on the Taliban upholding basic freedoms.
The official could not say whether the American civilians and other foreign nationals were among people stranded for days in the northern Afghan city of Mazar-i-Sharif because their private charters had not been allowed to depart
White House spokeswoman Jen Psaki said no one in the Biden administration “would suggest that the Taliban are respected and valued members of the global community.”
Saudi Arabia expressed hope the new government would help Afghanistan achieve “security and stability, rejecting violence and extremism.”
The new acting Cabinet includes former detainees of the U.S. military prison at Guantanamo Bay, while the interior minister, Sirajuddin Haqqani, is wanted by the United States on terrorism charges and carries a reward of $10 million.
Australia’s SBS News, a senior Taliban official said women would not be allowed to play cricket a popular sport in Afghanistan or possibly any other sport because it was “not necessary” and their bodies might be exposed.
Australia’s cricket board said it would scrap a planned test match against the Afghanistan men’s team if the Taliban did not allow women to play the sport.
A woman in a video sharewd on social media”The Cabinet was announced and there were no women in the Cabinet. And some journalists who came to cover the protest were all arrested and taken to the police station”.