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New Zealand plans to evacuate some Afghan nationals, PM Ardern says

/ 12:54 PM August 16, 2021
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Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern addresses supporters at a Labour Party event in Wellington, New Zealand, October 11, 2020. REUTERS FILE PHOTO

WELLINGTON — New Zealand will deploy personnel and a military plane to help evacuate its citizens and some Afghan nationals who worked with New Zealand agencies, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said on Monday.

About 37 Afghan nationals have been identified to have worked alongside the New Zealand Defence Forces, Ardern said at a news conference in Wellington.

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The prime minister said the government did not expect the situation in Afghanistan to deteriorate so fast.

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