Albania announces they will begin accepting Afghan refugees who worked with western forces

The Prime Minister of Albania, Edi Rama, wrote in a post on Facebook this past Sunday that his country would “serve as a transit country for a certain number of Afghan political immigrants” who are aiming for the United States as their final country of choice and who face direct threat of violence from the taliban following the United States’ withdrawal from Afghanistan.

The announcement comes as the Taliban launched a lightning offensive to take over Afghanistan, with nearly every major city in the country falling under their control. Afghans who worked closely with the United States and other western countries to bring peace to the middle east have been facing death threats and heightened violent threats of retaliation from the Taliban.

Roughly 1,200 U.S.-affiliated Afghans have already been evacuated through the Special Immigrant Visa (SIV) program. The Biden Administration plans to be completely pulled out of that area of the middle east by August 31. 

“No doubt we shall not say no,” Rama said in the aforementioned Facebook post. “Not just because our great allies have asked us to, but because we are Albania. Albania does not slam the door in the face of strangers who knock for protection,” he added.



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