Aghajan Farhad, a Greek citizen, who is in Afghanistan on Tuesday, was safely transferred from Kabul to Islamabad, to the Greek embassy. Today he is expected to arrive in the Greek capital.
The Greek citizen was released thanks to the efforts of the Greek Foreign Ministry and the order of Nikos Dendias, Minister of Foreign Affairs. The Athens News Agency, citing a diplomatic source, reports that Aghajan Farhad will arrive in Athens on ETIHAD flight 177, from Islamabad via Abu Dhabi, at 4:35 pm.
Most foreign countries hastily evacuate their citizens and embassies. The Pentagon has sent 1,000 more troops to Afghanistan, thus increasing the temporary US contingent to 6,000.
Kabul International Airport Hamid Karzai is guarded by the US military. Security measures have been stepped up after hundreds of Afghans ran out onto the airfieldcreating chaos and trying to leave the country at any cost.
At least 78 US military transport aircraft are evacuating their diplomats, NATO diplomatic missions and Afghan citizens who helped the West in the fight against the Taliban. Four Canadian and 10 British aircraft are involved in the evacuation; Spanish and German are expected to arrive. The Ukrainian aircraft, according to Foreign Minister Kuleba, evacuated from the country citizens of Ukraine, Croatia, Belarus, Afghanistan and subjects of the Kingdom of the Netherlands.