Washington says it has temporarily suspended all flights of Afghan nationals to the United States because of cases diagnosed with the measles virus, among some evacuated Afghans who have arrived in the country at the time. last.
White House spokeswoman Jen Psaki told reporters Friday that the break was recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention “to avoid any potential risk.”
She said four Afghans who were diagnosed with measles in the United States have been quarantined in accordance with the guidelines of public health institutions.
The Associated Press reports that the suspension also affects flights from US bases in Germany and Qatar.
Earlier Friday, the White House said 32 other U.S. citizens as well as permanent residents had left Afghanistan with the help of the United States.
National Security Council spokeswoman Emily Horne said 19 had been evacuated by a Qatar Airways plane and 13 others from the ground. This is the second most evacuated flight allowed by the Taliban since US troops eventually withdrew from Afghanistan.
“Today’s evacuations demonstrate the assistance we are providing to Americans, with clear opportunities and security to leave Afghanistan in various ways“, Said Ms. Horne in a statement.
A State Department spokeswoman, Jalina Porter, said the United States offered seats on the plane, on Friday flight for 44 U.S. citizens, but not all chose to travel, she added.
According to Ms. Porter about 100 American citizens are still in Afghanistan.
On Thursday, the Taliban allowed Qatar’s first charter flight from Kabul airport, the first evacuated flight since the United States ended its military operation in Afghanistan on August 31.FLY
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