Minister of Foreign Affairs: There is no quick fix for Norwegians who are still in Afghanistan

Ine Eriksen SøreidePhoto: Fredrik Hagen / NTB POOL

Foreign Minister Ine Eriksen Søreide (H) believes that a quick solution to help Norwegians who are in Afghanistan leave the country is unlikely.

“It is unrealistic now to give hope that there is a quick solution for those who have not yet gotten out,” Eriksen Søreide told the newspaper Aftenposten.

On Friday, the last plane with evacuees from Kabul landed in Norway. There are still Norwegian citizens in Afghanistan who want to leave the country, and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs keeps a list of such cases. 

Some refused the offer

In total, Norway has evacuated around 1,100 people from Afghanistan. According to Søreide, some of those who were offered evacuation have refused.

The work related to those who are still in the country continues, Søreide emphasized. But the Ministry of Foreign Affairs does not have an overview of other opportunities for departure.

“There is a dialogue between several actors with a view to reopening the civilian part of the airport and opening borders to neighboring countries. It could provide exit opportunities for those wishing to leave Afghanistan.”

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