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KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — The newest on Afghanistan:

Saudi Arabia says it has evacuated all its diplomats from its embassy within the Afghan capital, and New Zealand’s authorities is sending a airplane to assist its folks depart the nation.

Saudi Arabia mentioned all employees have been evacuated from the embassy in Kabul on Sunday as a result of altering circumstances on the bottom, becoming a member of different nations which have additionally shuttered their embassies because the Taliban advance on the Afghan capital.

New Zealand’s authorities says its sending a C-130 Hercules navy transport airplane to Afghanistan to assist with the evacuation of 53 New Zealanders and dozens of Afghanis and their quick households who helped New Zealand troops after they have been stationed there.

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Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern mentioned they’d thus far recognized 37 Afghanis who had helped, however the variety of evacuees could be within the lots of as soon as dependents and others have been included.

Defense officers say they’ve deliberate for a monthlong mission involving a minimum of 40 navy personnel tasked with servicing and defending the airplane. Ardern requested that the Taliban enable folks to depart peaceably: “The whole world is watching,” she mentioned.

WASHINGTON — Dozens of countries are calling on all concerned in occasions in Afghanistan to respect and facilitate the departure of international nationals and Afghans who want to depart the nation.

More than 60 nations launched a joint assertion Sunday evening citing what they name “the deteriorating security situation” in Afghanistan. The assertion says that these in energy and authority throughout the nation “bear responsibility — and accountability — for the protection of human life and property, and for the immediate restoration of security and civil order.”

The nations’ assertion additionally says that roads, airports and border crossings should stay open, and that calm have to be maintained.

The assertion concludes: “The Afghan people deserve to live in safety, security and dignity. We in the international community stand ready to assist them.”

The assertion was distributed to U.S. media by the State Department.

SEOUL, South Korea — South Korea’s Foreign Ministry mentioned it has “temporarily closed” its embassy in Kabul and evacuated most of its employees to an unspecified third nation within the Middle East.

The ministry mentioned a couple of diplomats, together with Ambassador Choi Taeho, stay at a protected location in Afghanistan to help the evacuation of a South Korean nationwide within the nation and that the Seoul authorities is intently working with the United States and different nations to make sure their protected evacuation.

Afghanistan has been on South Korea’s journey ban record since 2007. There have been reportedly round 5 South Koreans dwelling in Afghanistan earlier than the Seoul authorities in June referred to as for all of them to depart the nation inside 10 days because the United States and NATO proceeded with troop pullouts.

WASHINGTON — A State Department official says the American flag is not flying on the U.S. Embassy in Kabul amid evacuations from Afghanistan’s capital. The official tells The Associated Press that almost all embassy personnel have been relocated to town’s worldwide airport.

The official says the flag itself is with embassy personnel, who’re amongst 1000’s of Americans and others ready for flights. The official was not licensed to debate the small print publicly and spoke on situation of anonymity

In a joint assertion Sunday evening, the State Department and the Pentagon say they’re taking steps to safe the airport for protected departures by the use of civilian and navy flights.

The assertion says the U.S. safety presence could have expanded to just about 6,000 troops over the following two days and can take over air site visitors management.

Those leaving embody American residents who’ve been dwelling in Afghanistan, regionally employed employees of the U.S. mission in Kabul and their households, and different notably susceptible Afghan nationals.

Also a part of the departure plan are 1000’s of Afghans eligible for U.S. particular immigrant visas. Nearly 2,000 of these with particular visas have arrived within the United States over the previous two weeks.

WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden and different prime U.S. officers have been surprised by the tempo of the Taliban’s almost full takeover of Afghanistan, because the deliberate withdrawal of American forces urgently turned a mission to make sure a protected evacuation.

The pace of the Afghan authorities’s collapse and the following chaos posed probably the most critical take a look at of Biden as commander in chief, and he was the topic of withering criticism from Republicans who mentioned that he had failed.

Biden campaigned as a seasoned professional in worldwide relations and has spent months downplaying the prospect of an ascendant Taliban whereas arguing that Americans of all political persuasions have uninterested in a 20-year battle, a battle that demonstrated the boundaries of cash and navy would possibly to power a Western-style democracy on a society not prepared or prepared to embrace it.

By Sunday, although, main figures within the administration acknowledged they have been caught off guard with the utter pace of the collapse of Afghan safety forces. The problem of that effort turned clear after studies of sporadic gunfire on the Kabul airport prompted Americans to shelter as they awaited flights to security.

UNITED NATIONS — U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres is urging the Taliban and all different events to train “utmost restraint” with a view to defend the lives of Afghans and make sure the supply of humanitarian support.

U.N. spokesman Stephane Dujarric mentioned Sunday that “the United Nations remains determined to contribute to a peaceful settlement, promote the human rights of all Afghans, notably women and girls, and provide life-saving humanitarian assistance and critical support to civilians in need.”

The U.N. humanitarian workplace mentioned members of the humanitarian group — each from the U.N. and non-governmental organizations — stay dedicated to serving to the tens of millions of Afghans needing help and are staying within the nation regardless of the “highly complex” safety surroundings.

The workplace, often called OCHA, mentioned in a press release Sunday that greater than 18.4 million folks have been already in want of help earlier than greater than 550,000 folks have been displaced by battle this yr, a determine that doubled since May.

KABUL, Afghanistan — A Taliban spokesman and negotiator tells The Associated Press that the militant group is holding talks geared toward forming an “open, inclusive Islamic government” in Afghanistan.

Suhail Shaheen spoke to the AP after the Taliban overran a lot of the nation in a matter of days and pushed into the capital, Kabul, because the United States scrambled to withdraw diplomats and different civilians.

Earlier, a Taliban official mentioned the group would announce a brand new authorities from the presidential palace, however these plans look like on maintain.

WASHINGTON — The United States is sending one other 1,000 troops to Afghanistan, elevating the U.S. deployment to roughly 6,000.

A protection official tells The Associated Press on Sunday that 1,000 troops from the 82nd Airborne are going on to Kabul as a substitute of going to Kuwait as a standby power. The protection official spoke on situation of anonymity to debate a deployment choice not but introduced by the Pentagon.

On Saturday, President Joe Biden licensed the U.S. troop deployment to rise to roughly 5,000 by including about 1,000. Since then, the Taliban have entered the capital of Kabul and Afghanistan’s president has fled the nation.

Helicopters have been evacuating personnel from the U.S. Embassy, and a number of other different Western missions are also getting ready to drag their folks out.

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