The United States thanked Bahrain for its efforts in serving to evacuate Afghans, Bahraini state media reported Friday.
Bahrain’s Interior Minister General Shaikh Rashid bin Abdullah Al Khalifa obtained a letter from the US Department of Homeland Security “expressing thanks and appreciation of the efforts of the Kingdom of Bahrain in facilitating the evacuation of Afghans,” the official Bahrain News Agency reported.
In August, the Bahraini authorities allowed evacuation flights from Afghanistan to land at its airport. The United States, the United Kingdom and quite a few different nations evacuated their residents, native staff and different Afghans in search of repatriation as a result of Taliban takeover of the nation that month. Bahrain’s fellow Gulf state Qatar additionally performed a big position in facilitating these evacuation and repatriation efforts in August and September.
Several Gulf states have taken an curiosity in Afghanistan for the reason that Taliban resumed management of the nation. The Taliban, which is a radical Islamist group, regained many of the nation amid the US navy withdrawal this 12 months. The group beforehand dominated Afghanistan from 1996-2001, throughout which solely Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Pakistan acknowledged them.
Saudi Arabia, the UAE and Qatar all known as for calm after the Taliban victory. Qatar then publicly inspired the Taliban to respect girls’s rights. The UAE provided exiled Afghan President Ashraf Ghani asylum after his authorities fled. The Emirati authorities additionally held a gathering with the navy of Afghanistan’s neighbor Pakistan and despatched humanitarian support to the Afghan capital, Kabul.
Bahrain is a significant ally of the United States. The nation can also be shut with US allies Israel and Saudi Arabia.
The US Department of Security didn’t instantly reply to Al-Monitor’s request for touch upon the letter to Bahrain’s Interior Ministry.