Authorities reported Thursday that 294 more Afghan refugees arrived in Spain via Pakistan on a government-provided jet, raising the total number of people Madrid has evacuated since the Taliban took control of Afghanistan last year to 3,900.
According to Spain, the most recent batch of Afghan employees and their families arrived at an air base close to Madrid late on Wednesday and were welcomed by representatives of the government, including José Albares, the Spanish Foreign Affairs Minister.
In a statement, Albares stated, “This flight is more evidence that we are upholding our vow to not leave anyone behind.”
People who had assisted or worked for Spanish government officials and Spanish troops stationed in Afghanistan before to the Taliban takeover were among the group. According to the statement, Spain has conducted five evacuation operations in the last 12 months.
Albares stated on Thursday that the government will continue to welcome former Afghan workers and their families to Spain, but he was unable to specify how many due to security concerns.
In August 2021, while it was pulling out approximately 2,200 Spaniards and Afghans via the airport in Kabul, Spain started the flights to bring workers who hadn’t been able to depart Afghanistan during the airlift operation.