Following Monday’s final removal of US troops from Afghanistan, Foreign Affairs Minister Marc Garneau said that around 1,250 Canadian citizens, family members, and permanent residents are still within Afghanistan.
The announcement came during a Tuesday morning news conference, according to CP24.
During that news conference, Garneau and Immigration Minister Marco Mendicino announced that Canada as agreed to accept 5,000 Afghans into the country following their evacuation from Afghanistan by US troops.
According to Garneau, Canada, as well as other allies, is pushing for the Taliban to allow those with valid travel documents to be able to leave Afghanistan, building on the hope that civilian flights will soon again be leaving the airport in Kabul.
During the conference, both Garneau and Mendicino were questioned on the steps the Canadian government is taking to get Afghan interpreters that helped Canada out of Afghanistan.
Mendicino said that Canadian immigration officials are processing applications as quickly as possible in hopes to get more people out.
Garneau warned that those seeking to leave should not travel to the border of Pakistan, due to an ongoing security situation, but added that help would be available to those who manage to get out of Afghanistan.