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US hopes to complete resettlement of stranded Afghan refugees in August

The US is planning to complete in August the resettlement of Afghan refugees stranded by its withdrawal from the country last year, a senior State Department official has reportedly said on Friday.
So far, 85,000 Afghan refugees have been resettled in the US and thousands more remain in facilities in the United Arab Emirates, Albania, Mexico and other countries, the official told reporters on Friday, Bloomberg reported.
The official said the procedures for processing several thousand of those who have a “pathway” to resettlement in the US has now been established after being delayed by requirements for vaccines, medical checks and vetting by biometric teams flown in from the US.  
Meanwhile, a US official met thousands of Afghan refugees in the UAE, apologized to them and promised to speed repatriation for some to the US. Some others, however, might never get US visas, the official suggested.
“I told them that I was really sorry it was taking so long and I was as frustrated as they were, frankly,” the senior US official said as reported by Al Jazeera. “But I also asked for their understanding of how hard we’ve been working to get the systems going.”
A US congressman has also called for addressing the issue of stranded Afghan refugees.
“For all of us who served in the military, who know our partners in Afghanistan and Iraq were so important, it’s great to be able to give back to them,” Congressman Darrell Issa said on Friday.The post US hopes to complete resettlement of stranded Afghan refugees in August first appeared on Ariana News.

Source: Ariana News

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