ROME — Italy’s closing evacuation flight of refugees from Afghanistan has landed at Rome’s Leonardo da Vinci airport.
The Italian Air Force C-130J with 58 Afghan residents aboard arrived Saturday morning, some 17 hours after it departed from the Kabul airport and after a deliberate stopover.
Also aboard had been Italy’s consul and a NATO diplomat who had coordinated evacuations on the Kabul airport.
Italian Foreign Minister Luigi Di Maio stated Italy was ready to work with the United Nations and with nations bordering Afghanistan on what he described because the “tougher section.”
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He stated that consisted of efforts to evacuate different Afghan residents who labored with Italy’s navy throughout its 20-year presence in Afghanistan however weren’t in a position to get into Kabul airport in time for the evacuation flights. He didn’t say what number of nonetheless had been eligible for evacuation to Italy.
Rescuing these residents “would give them the identical chance” of beginning a new life exterior their homeland, Di Maio stated in a quick assertion at Rome’s airport. He stated the 4,890 Afghans evacuated by Italy’s air drive in 87 flights was the best variety of any European Union nation.
Italy’s remaining troopers left on a separate flight from Kabul on Friday night time. That air drive flight went to Kuwait and the troops are due again in Italy early subsequent week.
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