WASHINGTON — Dozens of nations are calling on all involved in events in Afghanistan to respect and facilitate the departure of foreign nationals and Afghans who wish to leave the country.
More than 60 nations released a joint statement Sunday night citing what they call “the deteriorating security situation” in Afghanistan. The statement says that those in power and authority across the country “bear responsibility — and accountability — for the protection of human life and property, and for the immediate restoration of security and civil order.”
The nations’ statement also says that roads, airports and border crossings must remain open, and that calm must be maintained.
The statement concludes: “The Afghan people deserve to live in safety, security and dignity. We in the international community stand ready to assist them.”
The statement was distributed to U.S. media by the State Department.
The U.S. military has taken over Afghanistan’s airspace as it struggles to manage a chaotic evacuation after the Taliban rolled into the capital.
The militants meanwhile sought to project calm amid widespread fears of looting and violence.
The Taliban swept into the capital on Sunday after the Western-backed government collapsed and the president fled the country.
Thousands of Afghans, fearing a return to the Taliban’s brutal rule, are trying to flee.
Videos circulating on social media showed hundreds of people racing across the tarmac of the international airport as U.S. soldiers fired warning shots in the air.
The U.S. Embassy has been evacuated and the American flag lowered.