VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis is encouraging nations to welcome Afghan refugees who’re in search of a new life.
During his look to the general public in St. Peter’s Square on Sunday, Francis additionally prayed that displaced individuals inside Afghanistan obtain help and safety.
“In these tumultuous moments, in which Afghans are in search of refuge, I pray for probably the most susceptible amongst them, I pray in order that many nations welcome and shield all these in search of a new life,” Francis stated.
The pope didn’t cite the Taliban or their insurance policies, however added: “might younger Afghans obtain an training, which is important for human growth.”
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He concluded by expressing hope that each one Afghans, whether or not in their homeland, in transit, or in nations taking them in, might give you the chance to “reside with dignity, in peace, in brotherhood with their neighbors.”
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BERLIN — Angelina Jolie has expressed concern in regards to the scenario of girls and women in Afghanistan.
The actress, who can be a particular envoy to the U.N.’s excessive commissioner for refugees, informed a German newspaper Sunday she doesn’t suppose the incoming authorities in Afghanistan may merely flip again the clock in order that every thing could be like 20 years in the past. But she nonetheless has massive worries in regards to the scenario for girls there.
Jolie informed the weekly Welt am Sonntag: “I’m pondering of all the ladies and women who don’t know now if they will return to work or college. And I’m pondering of the younger Afghans who’re nervous that they’ll lose their freedom.”
Taliban fighters captured most of Afghanistan final month and celebrated the departure of the final U.S. forces after 20 years of struggle. The rebel group should now govern a war-ravaged nation that’s closely reliant on worldwide help.
BERLIN — A Taliban spokesperson has informed a German newspaper that his group needs to set up diplomatic relations with Germany.
Zabihullah Mujahid tells the weekly Welt am Sonntag that “we wish sturdy and official diplomatic relations to Germany.”
The newspaper reported Sunday that the Taliban additionally hope for monetary assist from Germany in addition to humanitarian help and cooperation relating to Afghanistan’s well being care system, training and agriculture.
The German authorities has been reserved about establishing official ties with the Taliban. Officials say talks are wanted to get the remaining former Afghan staffers who labored for the Germans in a foreign country.
According to the newspaper, Mujahid stated it was unlucky Germany had cooperated with the Americans through the struggle “however that has now been forgiven.”
KABUL, Afghanistan — Some home flights have resumed at Afghanistan’s worldwide airport in Kabul, with the state-run Ariana Afghan Airline working flights to three provinces.
Shershah Stor, the airline’s station supervisor on the airport, informed The Associated Press on Sunday that the flights happened Saturday to western Herat, southern Kandahar and northern Balkh provinces. He stated the flights had been performed with no functioning radar system on the airport.
Stor stated three extra flights are scheduled Sunday to the identical provinces.
A group of Qatari and Turkish technicians arrived in Kabul final week to assist restart operations on the airport, which the U.N. says is essential to offering the nation with humanitarian help. It stays to be seen, nonetheless, whether or not any business airways might be prepared to provide service.
WASHINGTON — The prime U.S. navy basic has thanked members of the tenth Mountain Division for his or her service in Afghanistan through the evacuation of Americans, Afghans and others over the previous a number of weeks.
Army Gen. Mark Milley, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, met with navy police troopers on the Rhine Ordnance Barracks in Germany on Saturday.
Standing outdoors speaking to a gaggle, he requested them, “You had been there for the bombing?” Heads nodded and a refrain of voices answered, “sure, sir.”
A suicide bombing by the Islamic State group close to a gate on the Kabul airport greater than per week in the past killed 13 U.S. service members in addition to 169 Afghans who had been crowded across the entry, determined to get on flights out of Afghanistan.
“You guys did an unimaginable job, all of you — Army, Navy, Marines, the Air Force — flying out 124,000 folks. That’s what you saved,” Milley informed the troopers. He stated they “confirmed huge braveness self-discipline and functionality, working collectively. It’s one thing it is best to at all times be happy with… This might be a second that you simply’ll at all times bear in mind.”
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