UPDATED 1:14 PM PT – Tuesday, September 7, 2021
Joe Biden’s State and Defense secretaries promised to help and assist Afghan allies who have been evacuated from Afghanistan. During their trip to Qatar on Tuesday, secretaries Lloyd Austin and Antony Blinken met with a group of Afghans and honored them for their services during the War on Terror.
Austin expressed, “it must take a lot of courage to make a tough decision to leave your homeland to begin a new chapter in your life in a new country.”
The two officials added how grateful the U.S. has been for the help of Afghan allies throughout the war, while Blinken stressed his department would evacuate more Afghans moving forward.
Blinken went on to say, “we’re going to make sure, with everything in our power, that we do right by you in the days and weeks ahead, but also by many others who stood by our side in Afghanistan, who are still in Afghanistan and and want to leave.”
.@SecDef and I visited Al Udeid Base, which was the largest Afghanistan-related evacuation site worldwide helping more than 57,000 individuals transit through Doha. We remain committed to helping all evacuees from Kabul reach their final destination. pic.twitter.com/bUlZGHQMn0
— Secretary Antony Blinken (@SecBlinken) September 7, 2021
The comments come as six planes with U.S. civilians and Afghan allies have been stuck in the Mazari Sharif airport as their approval to depart was still pending.