Family of Afghan ambassador to Poland arrives in Warsaw

The relatives of the Afghan ambassador to Warsaw are now in Poland, the head of the National Security Bureau (BBN) said on Friday afternoon.

According to the state broadcaster TVP Info, the family of the Ambassador Tahir Qadiry came from Istanbul on board a military aircraft together with the BBN chief, Pawel Soloch, who had been visiting Turkey on Thursday.

"It was a personal request of the president (Andrzej Duda - PAP) that the Afghan diplomats who are in our country and their relatives are looked after... and that the possibility of their evacuation is ensured," Soloch told PAP.

The Ambassador Tahir Qadiry took to Twitter later on Friday to thank Polish officials for their help in bringing his family to Poland.

"Tnx to HE President @AndrzejDuda, HE the @PremierRP (Mateusz Morawiecki PAP), HE @SolochPawel of @BBN, HE @WitoldSobkow (Director of Asia-Pacific Department at foreign ministry- PAP), my Brother Amb. @Adam_Burakowski, the amazing Natalia, Marcin, Anna and all others who haven’t slept for nights to help their partners. We will always remember this," the tweet read.

"Can’t ignore the joint tireless efforts put by the senior officials at the @PolandMFA and other institutions to help their friends at this testing time. History will remember your goodwill gesture," the ambassador added.

Meanwhile Soloch said that the Polish operation to evacuate Afghan citizens, which has been taking place since Tuesday, takes two routes, one through Uzbekistan and the other via Turkey.

On early Friday morning, a third aircraft carrying evacuees landed in Warsaw. Earlier, a plane from Uzbekistan landed in Poland on Wednesday evening, while another arrived on Thursday morning.

Large parts of Afghanistan, including the capital Kabul, have now been taken over by the Taliban following the United States' withdrawal from the country.

In Istanbul, Soloch met the presidential security advisers of Turkey and Romania. The talks were dominated by the situation in Afghanistan, including the evacuation of those at risk following the Taliban occupation of the country.