White House defends calling Taliban 'cooperative and businesslike' in negotiations on Americans leaving

The White House said the Taliban have been “businesslike and professional” in their dealings on allowing Americans to leave Afghanistan, calling the dialogue “cooperative” and casting it as a “positive first step.” 

The U.S. government said it facilitated the safe evacuation of American citizens and lawful permanent residents from Afghanistan on Thursday on a chartered Qatar Airways flight that safely landed in Qatar. 


The White House National Security Council issued a statement on the evacuation from Hamid Karzai International Airport in Kabul, saying the Taliban was “cooperative” in the effort. 

“We have been working intensely across the U.S. government to ensure the accuracy of the manifest and the safe departure and transit of the aircraft, and today’s safe flight is the result of careful and hard diplomacy and engagement.” 

“The Taliban have been cooperative in facilitating the departure of American citizens and lawful permanent residents on charter flights from HKIA,” NSC spokeswoman Emily Horne said in a statement. 

“They have shown flexibility, and they have been businesslike and professional in our dealings with them in this effort,” Horne noted. “This is a positive first step.” 

Taliban soldiers stand guard in Panjshir province northeastern of Afghanistan, Wednesday, Sept.

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