MINISTERS DEFEND EVACUATION EFFORTS IN AFGHANISTAN AMID SECURITY CHALLENGES

Aug 22, 2021

By Jeremy Logan

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Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan says Canada will work tirelessly to evacuate people from strife-ridden Afghanistan “for as long as it is safe to do so.”

Speaking at a news conference Sunday, Sajjan said the challenging security conditions in Kabul are changing rapidly, even by the hour, but Canadian personnel are doing everything in their power to get people to safety.

Sajjan was joined by Immigration Minister Marco Mendicino, Foreign Affairs Minister Marc Garneau and Women and Gender Equality Minister Maryam Monsef.

The press conference comes after government officials confirmed Canadians had evacuated 106 more Afghans from the Kabul airport on Friday and brought them to a safe third country.

Friday’s flight was Canada’s second out of Kabul since Afghanistan fell to the Taliban last weekend.

The first left Thursday, with 175 fleeing Afghans and 13 foreign nationals on board.

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