Friday 9/17/21

70 Finnish nationals or residents await evacuation from Kabul

The diplomatic staff of the Finnish Embassy, who were evacuated late on Monday, arrived in Finland on Wednesday
17 August 2021, Afghanistan, Kabul: US Marine Corps Gen. and the commander of US Central Command General Frank McKenzie (L) boards a C-17 Globemaster III aircraft at Hamid Karzai International Airport, as it prepares to depart carrying Afghan civilians evacuating following the Taliban takeover. Photo: Capt. William Urban/Dod/Planet Pix via ZUMA Press Wire/dpa.
An US military aircraft at Kabul airport, as it prepares to depart carrying Afghan civilians. Photo: Capt. William Urban/dpa.

At the moment, the Finnish government has information on nearly 70 Finnish citizens or people living in Finland with a residence permit who have requested evacuation assistance from Afghanistan, the Foreign Ministry said in a statement.

Based on the decisions by the Government on 13 August and 15 August, Finland will evacuate 170 people. They are current and former employees of the embassy, employees of the EU representation and NATO, and members of their families.

The diplomatic staff of the Finnish Embassy in Kabul, who were evacuated late on Monday, arrived in Finland on Wednesday.

The Ministry for Foreign Affairs says they will continue evacuation of Finnish citizens, permanent residents of Finland and those who have worked for the Finnish state in close cooperation with the Finnish Defence Forces and partner countries.

On Tuesday evening, a team of two Finnish officials arrived at the Kabul airport with the mission of facilitating evacuation arrangements to Finland at the airport.

International evacuation

So far, 22 Finnish citizens have been evacuated from Afghanistan, says the Foreign Ministry.

On Wednesday, several Finns were able to get through the gates of Kabul Airport and board international evacuation flights to various destinations.

The evacuations will continue in the coming hours and days. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs keeps in close contact with the evacuees.