Albania To Take In Afghan Refugees Upon U.S. Request
August 15, 2021
Albania has accepted a U.S request to temporarily take in Afghans who are fleeing their country in the face of the rapid Taliban advances.
Prime Minister Edi Rama said on Facebook on April 15 that the U.S. administration had recently asked Albania to assess whether it could serve as a transit country for a number of Afghan refugees whose final destination is the United States.
"We will not say 'No', not just because our great allies ask us to, but because we are Albania," Rama said on his Facebook page.
This week, sources told Reuters that the U.S. administration had held discussions with such countries as Kosovo and Albania about protecting U.S.-affiliated Afghans from Taliban reprisals until they complete the process of approval of their U.S. visas.
In Kosovo, Luan Dalipi, Prime Minister Albin Kurti's chief of staff, said his government had been in contact with the U.S. authorities about housing Afghan refugees since mid-July.
"There's a lot of logistical, technical, security, and social work that we are handling carefully," Dalipi said in a statement.
Based on reporting by Reuters and dpa
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