Blinken greets Afghans in Germany amid State Dept. emails fallout

Blinken greets Afghans in Germany amid State Dept. emails fallout

​Secretary of State Antony Blinken met with Afghan refugees on Wednesday at the US airbase in Ramstein, Germany, as part of a charm offensive amid the revelation that the State Department refused to give chartered planes clearance to fly out of the country, stranding American citizens.

Images show Blinken stooping down to show a young Afghan boy images of his own children on his phone and stopping to talk to a couple who were holding a baby.

While at Ramstein, Blinken also toured a processing center that is part of the massive operation to move the evacuees from Afghanistan to their destinations in the US and met with employees from the State Department, the Defense Department and other government agencies that are assisting the relocation efforts.

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“I got a chance to see the whole flow of the operation, and what you’ve done, what you’ve accomplished in such a short period of time under such extreme circumstances is

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