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Second resignation in Dutch government over slow evacuation from Kabul

Second resignation in Dutch government over slow evacuation from Kabul

Dutch Defense Minister Ank Bijleveld resigned because of the situation with the evacuation from Afghanistan in August.

This was reported by NOS.

This is the second government resignation, the day before Foreign Minister Sigrid Kaag announced her departure.

Most parliaments on Thursday said both ministers were responsible for the government’s slow response to the Taliban and for failing to prepare a safe exit for thousands of Afghans who could have been eligible for asylum in the Netherlands.

Bijleveld initially said she would remain in office, but reconsidered Friday after harsh criticism from members of her Christian Democrat party.

“I wanted to complete our mission to get those who are still in Afghanistan and counting on us to safety. But my position has become an issue, and I don’t want to hinder the important work of the people who work for me,” Bijleveld said.

In the last two weeks of August, the managed to evacuate about 2,000 people from Afghanistan. But hundreds of local workers and people who worked as interpreters with Dutch troops remained in the country.



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