Joint statement by the President of the Republic, Ivan Duque Marquez, and the United States Ambassador to Colombia, Philip Goldberg
On Friday, Colombian President Ivan Duque Marquez announced that Colombia will join the group of countries that will host Afghan citizens who have supported the United States for the past 20 years in the interior of the country, and who are being evacuated today by the Biden government after the Taliban came to power.
“The United States will not only pay for all the costs of caring for these people, but will also contribute agility to all of its operations so that temporary accommodation will allow people who receive such shelter, to also reach their country quickly,” Duque said in a letter accompanied by the United States Ambassador, Philip Goldberg.
After President Duque’s announcement, many doubts remained on the logistical issue, which was not spelled out in depth in the official statement.
The first is what will be the status of the Afghan citizens, whose number Duque did not specify, but copies of the press in the United States speak of about 4,000
Although Duque indicated that Colombia would provide “shelter,” he did not specify whether the Afghan citizens would be concentrated in one place or distributed over several regions of the country.
In the same way, though Duque noted that the United States would not only cover all the costs of caring for these people, but would also contribute to flexibility in all of its operations so that temporary permits would allow people who receive such shelter, “as well as quickly arrive in their country to settle their immigration status.” “; He did not say what status these people would have in Colombia and what they could do in Colombia during their transit to the United States.
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