Blinken renews pledge on resettlement of refugees from Afghanistan

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken participated in a signing ceremony to renew the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between the Department of State and #AfghanEvac on Monday, June 12.

The event was held at the National Museum of American Diplomacy and was hosted by Coordinator for Afghan Relocation Efforts (CARE), Mara Tekach.

Addressing the ceremony, Blinken said they stay committed to the pledge President Joe Biden made regarding the evacuation of Afghanistan nationals.

“When President Biden brought an end to America’s longest conflict, he made a commitment that the United States would continue to relocate and resettle our Afghan partners,” Blinken said. “We are determined – I am determined – to fulfill that pledge, just as this group is.”

“We’ve relocated more than 24,000 Afghans to the United States and third countries since September 2021,” Blinken said.

He added that overall, they have relocated more than 97,000 Afghans to the United States.

The United States evacuated at least 120,000 people to safety during the evacuation process in August 2021.

AfghanEvac is a coalition of more than 200 organizations working alongside the US Government to support Afghan relocation efforts.

It is comprised of hundreds of volunteers who represent all 50 states and a cross-section of America.