Dublin, 24 August 2021 (TDI): Irish Foreign Ministry and Department of Defence released a statement saying that an Emergency Consular Assistance Team (ECAT) is being deployed at Hamid Karzai International Airport (HKIA), Kabul. Minister Simon Coveney said that after the Taliban take over, evacuation efforts are being made to give safe passage to Irish citizens and other foreign nationals from Kabul. To speed up the process of evacuation and assisting the Irish citizens to present there, an assistance team of consular and official representatives with personnel from the Defence Forces is being deployed at Hamid Karzai International Airport.
Simon Coveney further asserted that the security situation at the Kabul airport is critical. Accessing the airport for the citizens of Ireland is currently difficult. Therefore, it is advised to the citizens that they should follow the guidelines of the consular from the Irish Embassy in Abu Dhabi.