“We have today identified 19 families with a total of 72 people who are still in Kabul or Afghanistan to evacuate,” he said.
João Gomes Cravinho was speaking in parliament, at the National Defense Commission, where he was heard this afternoon about the end of the mission of the Detached National Forces in Afghanistan, following a question made by the deputy of the CDS-PP, Pedro Morais Soares.
“Right now, we are in contact, out of those 72, with 45. Twenty seven have not responded to the last one, but we will continue to try to contact them,” added the government official, stating that all these families are available.
For now, he added, the families in question are doing well, but like the other allies, Portugal is “looking to look for help to get them out”.
“It is estimated that there will be around 1,800 people in similar circumstances for the group of NATO countries and, therefore, of these 1,800, 72 have open doors if they want to come to Portugal and when there are conditions for that,” he said.
Gomes Cravinho highlighted the “absolutely remarkable work, in circumstances of enormous difficulty”, of the four soldiers who went to Afghanistan for the last time to help with the evacuation of the country’s citizens, in late August, which completed bringing “56 people from that country” at the time. initial universe of 116, which, however, later increased to 139 because other names were added”.
“We established from the beginning that Portugal had a moral duty to receive in Portugal those who had collaborated with the Portuguese Detached National Forces and who were naturally in danger of life, precisely for that reason, that is, they risked their lives to work with our messages and that is why we have this moral duty to support them and their families,” he maintained.