Efforts to return Irish people in Afghanistan continuing

Efforts are continuing to get Irish people in Afghanistan back home.

25 citizens and eight dependents are seeking to leave the country, with officials attempting to secure them places on flights out of Kabul airport.

Meanwhile the EU’s humanitarian response to the unfolding crisis will be considered by the bloc’s development and foreign affairs committee’s today.

Dublin MEP, Barry Andrews, who’ll be among those attending, outlines the action that’s needed.

“[We need] additional EU funding for the humanitarian response.

“There is a risk of famine in certain parts of Afghanistan because the wheat harvest is collapsing because water supplies are under threat.

“We need to respond to that very quickly.

“I think there needs to be a clear message that we will support countries in the region where the vast majority of people that will flee Afghanistan will settle in.

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