Blinken: Taliban not blocking departure for U.S. passport, visa holders

“As far as I understand, the Taliban have not refused to leave the country for anyone with a valid document, but they have said that those without valid documents will not be able to leave the country at that time,” Blinken continued. “But because all of these people are grouped together, it means that flights have not been allowed.”

Blinken’s remarks came after the State Department confirmed Monday that four Americans were being evacuated from Afghanistan to a neighboring country. However, more than 1,000 people, including some Americans, are reportedly still stranded at Mazar-i-Sharif International Airport in northern Afghanistan.

On Tuesday, Blinken said the State Department had identified “a relatively small number of Americans who we believe are planning to leave Mazar-i-Sharif with their families.”

“We were reassured that all American and Afghan citizens with valid travel documents are allowed to leave the country,” said Blinken, adding: “As I understand it, the Taliban have not refused to leave anyone with valid travel documents.”

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