Pacific island countries including Palau joined the US government and several other countries in issuing a joint statement to allow foreign nationals and Afghans who wish to leave Afghanistan.
“Afghans and international citizens who wish to depart must be allowed to do so; roads, airports and border crossing must remain open, and calm must be maintained,’ the statement said.,
“The Afghan people deserve to live in safety, security, and dignity. We in the international community stand ready to assist them,” it added.
The nations also urged the Taliban insurgents to ensure “ the protection of human life and property, and for the immediate restoration of security and civil order.”
Thousands of Afghan citizens trooped to the Kabul airport on Monday in an attempt to escape after the Taliban have taken over the capital. Taliban declared the seizure of Kabul as the end of the 20-year war after Afghan President Ashraf Ghani fled the country.
The US government has been evacuating its citizens.
Taliban was able to take control of the country following the pull out of US troops. ( B. Carreon)