Irish group of 25 evacuated from Afghanistan on late-night Doha flight

Coveney pays tribute to consular team in Dublin and the region after safe arrival

Minister for Foreign Affairs Simon Coveney:  ‘Ireland is also committed to its international obligations to help vulnerable Afghan refugees.’ Photograph: Peter Byrne/PA

Minister for Foreign Affairs Simon Coveney: ‘Ireland is also committed to its international obligations to help vulnerable Afghan refugees.’ Photograph: Peter Byrne/PA

 

A further 25 Irish citizens and their dependants have been successfully evacuated from Afghanistan, the Minister for Foreign Affairs Simon Coveney has said.

The group of 15 citizens and 10 dependants travelled from Kabul to Doha late on Wednesday night on a specially organised flight with the support of Qatar.

“This is a huge relief and testament to the ability of our consular team in Dublin and the region who have worked tirelessly through diplomatic channels to access last night’s flight,” said Mr Coveney.

The 25 citizens and dependants were met by a consular team in Doha who will assess their needs before they travel on to Ireland.

Previously 63 citizens or dependants were safely evacuated from Afghanistan. Wednesday night’s mission brings the total number to 88.

Mr Coveney added: “We remain aware and in contact with other citizens who still want to leave Afghanistan and our work with key partners will continue to achieve this. Ireland is also committed to its international obligations to help vulnerable Afghan refugees and groups of people in that category continue to arrive or be in transit.”