First Group of Evacuated Afghans Arrive in US

The first group of Afghans who worked for the United States government as interpreters, as well as their families have arrived in the US on Friday. 

The 200 Afghans who will be resettled in the US, have arrived Friday morning and were brought to the Fort Lee army base in Virginia, where they will stay for a week for medical screenings. 

President Joe Biden in a statement described their arrival as “an important milestone” saying the US government will continue to fulfill its promise to Afghan nationals who worked with American troops and diplomats in the last 20 years.

“I want to thank these brave Afghans for standing with the United States, and today, I am proud to say to them: “Welcome home,”” the president said. 

The first group is among 2,500 Afghans who will be evacuated as they face threats from the Taliban, advancing in territories in Afghanistan. 

“Their arrival demonstrates the U.S. government’s commitment to Afghans who put themselves and their families at great risk by working side-by-side with our service members and diplomats to build a better future for Afghanistan,” said Secretary of State Antony Blinken. 


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