Italy, Switzerland finish evacuations

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Italy and Switzerland are the latest Western countries to have announced their evacuation efforts at Kabul airport are complete.

An Italian air force C-130 aircraft took off early on Friday evening carrying an unspecified number of Afghan civilians, Italy's Foreign Minister Luigi Di Maio tweeted.

Also on board were Italian paramilitary Carabinieri police officers who had been providing security.

The Italian military has evacuated some 4,900 Afghan citizens, all but a few hundred of those since mid-August.

Italy, which had a large military contingent based in western Afghanistan, said all the Italian citizens who requested evacuation had already returned to Italy.

The Swiss government announced on Friday it had also completed evacuations from Afghanistan, saying they had got 387 people out of the country.

Meanwhile the Japanese government says it has planes on stand-by in a neighbouring country, ready to repatriate the few remaining Japanese nationals left in Afghanistan.

with Reuters

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