Denmark thanks Pakistan for Afghanistan evacuation help

The first flight carrying evacuees arrived in Copenhagen this morning

Following the arrival of the first flight carrying evacuees from Afghanistan in Copenhagen today, Denmark has reached out to Pakistan to offer thanks for helping to facilitate the effort.

A statement on the Facebook page of Pakistani PM Imran Khan indicated that PM Mette Frederiksen called Khan in the wake of the co-ordinated efforts between the two countries.

“The Prime Minister highlighted Pakistan’s facilitating role in the evacuation of diplomatic personnel and staff of international organisations and others from Afghanistan, as requested,” Khan wrote on Facebook.

“The Prime Minister of Denmark thanked Prime Minister Imran Khan for Pakistan’s support and assistance in their evacuation endeavours.”

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431 Afghan citizens 
The news comes on the heels of the Taliban sweeping into Kabul on Sunday following a swift withdrawal by the US and its coalition allies, including Denmark.

The speed at which the Taliban has assumed control of Afghanistan seems to have caught coalition leaders by surprise and many countries have scrambled to evacuate their citizens. 

Denmark’s base of operations pertaining to the evacuation is located in Islamabad.

The foreign minister, Jeppe Kofod, also thanked Pakistan this week and revealed that the government was working on evacuating 431 Afghan citizens (45 locals who have worked for the Danish state and their families).

According to Kofod, a Danish military aircraft arrived in Kabul yesterday and work was underway regarding their evacuation.