UN chartered aircraft to bring 34 stranded Nepalis to Kathmandu from Afghanistan

KATHMANDU: As many as 34 Nepalis have been left stranded in Afghanistan even after the Taliban took control of Kabul Airport. The Nepali Embassy in India said that all of them have been kept in the premises of the United Nations office in Kabul.

Ram Prasad Subedi, deputy chief of mission (DCM) at the Nepali Embassy in New Delhi, who is also accredited to look after Afghanistan, said that all the Nepalis are safe and they will be brought to Kathmandu by an aircraft of the United Nations next week.

“It has been said that the UN chartered aircraft will take them to Kathmandu and we are preparing for the Covid-19 test and other related protocols,” he said.

Sewa Lamsal, Spokesperson of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, said that efforts are underway to bring all the Nepalis as soon as possible.

“They are in a safe place and we are coordinating with the international missions to bring them back to Kathmandu at the earliest,” Lamsal said.

She said that at least 470 Nepalis are working in Kabul-based United Nations missions in Afghanistan. As many as 828 Nepalis have already returned home.

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