Bahrain says it allows airport use for evacuations

Bahrain says it allows airport use for evacuations
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Bahrain announced on Saturday that it would allow flights evacuating Afghans after the Taliban takeover to use its airports.
Bahrain is home to the US Navy’s 5th Fleet [Getty]

The island kingdom of Bahrain has said it is "allowing flights to make use of Bahrain’s transit facilities" amid the evacuations of Afghanistan.

The kingdom made the announcement in a statement released early on Saturday.

Bahrain, in the Persian Gulf off Saudi Arabia, is home to the US Navy’s 5th Fleet.

The announcement comes as the US faced issues on Friday with its facilities at Al-Udeid Air Base in Qatar filling up with those fleeing the Taliban takeover of the country.

The kingdom also said it is hoping that "all parties will commit to stabilizing the internal situation and to protecting the lives of civilians and the rule of law".

Secretary of State Antony Blinken says 13 countries have thus far agreed to at least temporarily host at-risk Afghans evacuated from Afghanistan. Another 12 have agreed to serve as transit points for evacuees, including Americans and others, leaving Afghanistan.

Blinken said in a statement that potential Afghan refugees not already cleared for resettlement in the United States will be housed at facilities in Albania, Canada, Colombia, Costa Rica, Chile, Kosovo, North Macedonia, Mexico, Poland, Qatar, Rwanda, Ukraine and Uganda.

Transit countries include Bahrain, Britain, Denmark, Germany, Italy, Kazakhstan, Kuwait, Qatar, Tajikistan, Turkey, the United Arab Emirates and Uzbekistan, he said.

"We deeply appreciate the support they have offered, and are proud to partner with them in our shared support of the Afghan people," Blinken said.

"We are encouraged by other countries that are also considering providing support. We have no higher priority than the safety and security of US citizens overseas and to fulfil our commitments to citizens of partner nations and at-risk Afghans."