Norway says evacuations in Afghanistan complete

Norway says evacuations in Afghanistan complete

“The last Norwegian plane from Kabul has just landed,” Foreign Minister Ine Eriksen Soreide told AFP by email, adding that around 20 people were on board.

Including a plane that landed on Friday morning, more than 1,100 people have been brought from Afghanistan to Norway since the Taliban returned to power in Kabul.

Among the Afghans brought to Norway is former Minister of Oil and Mines Nargis Nehan.

About 30 Norwegian army medics remained in a field hospital at Kabul airport which is treating dozens of people injured in the bombing at the entrance Thursday claimed by the Islamic State group. .

“I cannot say exactly when the Norwegian forces will leave Kabul,” but “we are starting the preparations,” Defense Minister Frank Bakke-Jensen told reporters on Thursday.

The planned withdrawal would extend over “several days”, he added.

Neighboring Sweden, which also completed its evacuations in Kabul on Friday, said the same day it would suspend development aid payments to the country under the new Taliban regime.

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“We will not send any more aid, no money that could somehow reach the regime we know today,” said Maria Lundberg, head of the government aid agency AIDS.

Afghanistan is the largest recipient of Swedish development aid, to the tune of around one billion crowns (100 million euros, $ 115 million) per year.

ASDI said it could resume aid on preconditions, including “respect for women’s rights, that they can go to school, but also guarantees against corruption.”

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