(Ottawa) Foreign Minister Marc Garneau said 500 Canadians were evacuated from Kabul on a US plane Thursday.
The Canadian military mission on Afghan soil ended the same day, leaving behind an unknown number of vulnerable Canadian families and Afghans fearful of Taliban retaliation.
The withdrawal of Canadian forces was followed by an attack on Kabul airport that killed 13 American soldiers, deaths for which President Joe Biden wants revenge.
Garneau said Friday that the Americans were able to transport “about 500 Canadians, if I may put it that way,” adding that Canada did the same as part of a “collective effort” before its C-17 transport planes withdrew. early Thursday.
The end of the Canadian mission was part of the plan to withdraw troops from the United States by August 31. The United States was the air bridge to 13 countries and was responsible for airport security.
According to Mr. Jarneau, countries neighboring Afghanistan have held talks with the Taliban to reopen Kabul airport, to allow for humanitarian aid and travel.
It is impossible to know if or when this will happen, but the Taliban are being advised that it is in the country’s best interest to have a functioning airport, according to Mr Garneau.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said the speed with which the Taliban took control of Afghanistan surprised many world leaders, including himself.
Mr. Trudeau argued that Canada and its allies did everything in their power to evacuate as many people as possible from Afghanistan by escorting them in a huge military plane from an airport secured by the Americans.
“We will continue to work with our allies to help as many people as possible, certainly those who have documentation and are involved with the Canadian government,” said Trudeau, who was visiting a Mississauga sweet shop as part of the election process. Campaign.
The Taliban invaded and regained control of Afghanistan earlier this month, as the Afghan army, trained by Canada and its allies, collapsed.
Conservative Party leader Erin O’Toole favors a cooperative approach with allies of Canada and neighboring countries in the region.
“We must work with our allies and with Afghanistan’s neighbors, including Pakistan, to help the people on the ground and to stop the Taliban’s supply of equipment,” he said at a news conference in Corner Brook, Newfoundland and Labrador. We must provide political and material assistance to the people on earth […] and create safe corridors for refugees. ”
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