Skopje, North Macedonia: The first group of 149 Afghan refugees landed in North Macedonia late Monday. There they will stay for several months until resettled elsewhere.
Afghanistan’s private Kam Air passengers arriving at Skopje International Airport were employees of Afghanistan’s western organization and their families.
Men, women and children in Afghanistan were first met by health care workers in protective clothing and transferred to a hotel near the capital Skopje. They are tested for coronavirus and are given a temporary 3-month visa.
Foreign Minister Buyar Osmani said evacuees are those in urgent need of assistance.
He said these are our allies, those who work with us, whose lives are at stake, and those who need the most help.
North Macedonia has agreed to temporarily accept at least 750 Afghans in collaboration with US-led international forces.
Prime Minister Zoran Zaev said all evacuees would evacuate to hotels near Skopje at the expense of international organizations and the United States.
North Macedonia has been a NATO member since 2020 and had troops in Afghanistan to support the development of the alliance between 2002 and 2014.
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First group of 149 Afghan refugees arrive in North Macedonia
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