WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senator Maria Cantwell (D-WA) released the following statement on the Taliban takeover of Afghanistan and U.S. evacuations:
“The Biden administration must do all that it can to get Americans and our Afghan partners who helped our military and our diplomatic and development personnel out of the county. It must also speed up the evacuation of women, civil society activists, and other vulnerable groups from Afghanistan. I thank the troops who served in Afghanistan for their service as well as those currently on the ground helping with evacuations especially those from Washington state.
“President Biden must rally our allies and the international community to make sure the Taliban ends support for terrorism, respects women’s and human rights, and ends the narcotics trade. It must also press for increased humanitarian assistance for the Afghan people.
“I will be working with my Senate colleagues on oversight hearings on U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan.”