Foreign Minister Haavisto: about 110 people removed from Afghanistan
Foreign Minister Pekka Haavisto (Greens) reports that a total of about 110 people have been removed from Afghanistan. Among them are Finnish citizens, residence permit holders, as well as people who collaborated with the Finns, the EU and NATO.
Yesterday, about 10 people were delivered to Finland, and today 52 people flew from Kabul. The youngest of them is about two weeks old. According to the minister, there are many embassy employees from among the local population among the people taken out today.
In total, Finland wants to evacuate 240 people from Afghanistan.
Five employees of the Finnish Foreign Ministry work at the Kabul airport. They are assisted by Finnish soldiers who flew to Kabul yesterday. They work at the airport of the Afghan capital, as well as in the immediate vicinity.
During the press conference of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the General Staff, held on Sunday evening, Director General of the Immigration Service (Migri) Jari Kahkönen said that at the Helsinki-Vantaa airport, the evacuees are met by Migri employees, and after border formalities, people are accommodated in refugee reception centers.
Minister Haavisto considers it positive that international humanitarian organizations continue to work in Afghanistan, including , UN and International Red Cross. This work is being carried out in parallel with the evacuation of people.