Plane carrying evacuated Afghans in transit to U.S. arrives in Albania

People evacuated from Afghanistan arrive at Tirana International Airport
People who have been evacuated from Afghanistan arrive at Tirana International Airport, after Taliban insurgents entered Afghanistan’s capital Kabul, in Tirana, Albania, August 27, 2021. REUTERS/Florion Goga

August 27, 2021

TIRANA (Reuters) – A plane carrying 121 people evacuated from Afghanistan and in transit to the United States arrived in Albania’s Tirana airport early of Friday.

Passengers included babies, children and people in wheelchairs, all of whom had their temperatures checked upon arrival and were taken to tents for registration and some food, a Reuters photographer at the scene said.

The plane arrived from Tbilisi where the Afghans had been flown to from Kabul, Albanian media reported.

The Afghans are now expected to be taken to hotels in the coastal town of Durres, where they will stay until they are vetted by U.S. security and immigration authorities and their documentation for U.S. immigration visas is arranged.

Albania and North Macedonia, both NATO members, as well as Kosovo, agreed to a proposal by U.S. President Joe Biden’s administration to serve as transit countries for Afghan refugees whose final destination is the United States.

(Reporting by Florian Goga and Fatos Bytyci; Writing by Ivana Sekularac; Editing by Ana Nicolaci da Costa)

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