About 60 percent of around 1,000 Afghans evacuated from Afghanistan by Poland have filed for international protection in the country, a deputy interior minister has said.
Poland stayed in Afghanistan until the very end of its mission there and conducted a successful evacuation from Kabul without any human casualties, the foreign minister told a Wednesday press conference.
Mateusz Morawiecki made the announcement during a joint press conference with Ambassador of Afghanistan to Poland Tahir Quadiry in Warsaw on Thursday.
So far, 12 Polish planes, carrying over 850 people in total, have flown out of Kabul to Poland, the evacuation of Afghans and other nationalities continues, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs tweeted on Wednesday afternoon.
The Chargé d’Affaires at the US embassy in Warsaw said on Wednesday that the US was grateful for the “heroic evacuation” of over 700 people from Kabul by Poland.
Poland will evacuate 150 people from the Afghan capital Kabul following a request from Lithuania, a Polish deputy foreign minister said on Wednesday.
The last flight carrying Afghan evacuees from Kabul should take off for Poland on Wednesday night, the head of the Prime Minister's Office said on Wednesday morning.
Up to 749 Afghan evacuees are now in Poland, according to a representative of the Office for Foreigners, including most of the Afghan nationals who assisted Polish operations in Afghanistan.
Another plane carrying evacuees from Kabul is on its way to Warsaw, the deputy head of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said on Tuesday.
The ninth Polish flight with Afghan evacuees has landed safely in Warsaw, Polish Defence Minister Mariusz Blaszczak informed on Polish Radio on Tuesday morning.