Albania to Temporarily Shelter Afghan Refugees who Worked with Western Nations

Albania’s Prime Minister, Edi Rama, announced on Aug. 15 that the country will temporarily shelter Afghan refugees headed for the United States, including embassy staff and government officials who are in danger of reprisals from the Taliban.

Following the Taliban’s seizure of the Afghan capital Kabul, Rama said on his Facebook page that Washington had asked if Albania could consider serving as a transit place for “a number of Afghan political emigrants” waiting for their U.S. visas.

“We will not say ‘No’, not just because our great allies ask us to, but because we are Albania,” Rama added.

Two U.S. charities, Rama mentioned, have also requested Albania’s protection for hundreds of Afghan intellectuals and women activists included in the Taliban’s execution list.

Rama asserted that “NATO member Albania is ready to shoulder its share of the burden.”

The Taliban swiftly seized control of Kabul on Sunday, declaring victory after Afghan President Ashraf Ghani fled the country.

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