US and Qatar are ‘finalizing’ deal to house Afghans seeking visas to America 💥👩💥

The United States and Qatar are reportedly finalizing a deal to temporarily house thousands of Afghans who helped the U.S. military and their families as conflict between the Taliban and the Afghan government continues to escalate.

As many as 8,000 people from Afghanistan could be temporarily housed in Doha, Qatar while awaiting decisions on their Special Immigration Visas (SIV) to the United States, a source told CNN.

The source told CNN that, if U.S. diplomats are able to make the deal with Qatar, an estimated 1,000 to 2,000 Afghans would arrive in Doha ‘soon.’

‘We are evaluating all available options. We have no announcements to make on third-country relocation sites for Afghan SIV applicants,’ a spokesperson for the U.S. State Department told the outlet.

Special Immigrant Visa applicant Aman Ali Hossain shows a Certificate of Appreciation from the United States Navy, for his work as a combat linguist in 2013 in Helmand province, while seeking help with his visa application at Herat Kabul Internet café on August 8, 2021 in Kabul

Special Immigrant Visa applicant Ayazudin Hilal poses with his family at his home July 26, 2021 in Kabul, Afghanistan. Ayazudin worked as a combat translator with the US Army in Kunar province for three years on the front line

Special Immigrant Visa applicant Ayazudin Hilal poses with his family at his home July 26, 2021 in Kabul, Afghanistan. Ayazudin worked as a combat translator with the US Army in Kunar province for three years on the front line

Smoke rises after fighting between the Taliban and Afghan security personnel in the city of Kandahar, southwest of Kabul, Afghanistan on Thursday

Smoke rises after fighting between the Taliban and Afghan security personnel in the city of Kandahar, southwest of Kabul, Afghanistan on Thursday

A Taliban fighter holds a rocket-propelled grenade (RPG) along the roadside in Herat, Afghanistan's third biggest city, on Friday

A Taliban fighter holds a rocket-propelled grenade (RPG) along the roadside in Herat, Afghanistan’s third biggest city, on Friday

Photos and documents are seen that attest to Abdul Rashid Shirzad's time working as a translator with the US military are pictured on a table on July 21 in Kabul, Afghanistan. Shirzad worked for more than two years with the Navy Seals. His SIV application was denied without any explanation in 2016, two years after his stint with U.S. special operations forces ended

Photos and documents are seen that attest to Abdul Rashid Shirzad’s time working as a translator with the US military are pictured on a table on July 21 in Kabul, Afghanistan. Shirzad worked for more than two years with the Navy Seals. His SIV application was denied without any explanation in 2016, two years after his stint with U.S. special operations forces ended

DailyMail.com has reached out to the government in Qatar, as well as the State Department, for more information and additional comment.

President Joe Biden’s administration has been holding secret talks with other countries in a desperate attempt to secure deals to temporarily house the at-risk Afghans, four U.S. officials told Reuters.

The Biden administration has explored having Kazakhstan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan take in thousands of applicants, but that effort has made little progress.

The White House has also had discussions with such countries as Kosovo and Albania – which underscores the administration’s desire to protect Afghans from Taliban reprisals while safely completing the process of approving their U.S. visas.

With the Taliban swiftly tightening their grip on Afghanistan, the United States announced on Thursday it would send 1,000 personnel to Qatar in bid to speed up processing SIV applications.

Zarmina Kakar a women's rights activist cry during an interview in Kabul, Afghanistan on Friday. Kakar was a year old when the Taliban entered Kabul the first time in 1996, and recalled a time when her mother took her out to buy her ice cream, back when the Taliban ruled. Her mother was whipped by a Taliban fighter for revealing her face for a couple of minutes

Zarmina Kakar a women’s rights activist cry during an interview in Kabul, Afghanistan on Friday. Kakar was a year old when the Taliban entered Kabul the first time in 1996, and recalled a time when her mother took her out to buy her ice cream, back when the Taliban ruled. Her mother was whipped by a Taliban fighter for revealing her face for a couple of minutes

Internally displaced Afghans from northern provinces who fled due to fighting between the Taliban and Afghan security personnel take refuge in a public park in Kabul on Friday

Internally displaced Afghans from northern provinces who fled due to fighting between the Taliban and Afghan security personnel take refuge in a public park in Kabul on Friday

Afghans inspect a damaged building after airstrikes in Lashkar Gah on Sunday after airstrikes in southern Afghanistan reportedly damaged a health care clinic and high school in the capital of Helmand province

Afghans inspect a damaged building after airstrikes in Lashkar Gah on Sunday after airstrikes in southern Afghanistan reportedly damaged a health care clinic and high school in the capital of Helmand province

Afghans take refuge in a public park Kabul on Friday after the Taliban completed their sweep of the country's south

Afghans take refuge in a public park Kabul on Friday after the Taliban completed their sweep of the country’s south

Taliban fighters stand guard inside the city of Ghazni, southwest of Kabul on Friday

Taliban fighters stand guard inside the city of Ghazni, southwest of Kabul on Friday

Qatar, a peninsular nation surrounded by Saudi Arabia and the Persian Gulf, is about 600 miles from Kabul as the crow flies and houses a large U.S. military base.

Afghans who served as interpreters for the U.S. government and in other jobs are entitled to apply for the SIV program.

So far, about 1,200 Afghans have been evacuated to the United States and that number is set to rise to 3,500 in the coming weeks under ‘Operation Allies Refuge.’

Some of those Afghans are going to a U.S. military base in Virginia to finalize their paperwork and others directly to U.S. hosts.

Abdullah Abdullah, the Chairman of Afghanistan's High Council for National Reconciliation, arrives for Afghan peace talks in Doha, Qatar on Thursday

Abdullah Abdullah, the Chairman of Afghanistan’s High Council for National Reconciliation, arrives for Afghan peace talks in Doha, Qatar on Thursday

Abdul Salam Hanafi, member of the Taliban negotiating team and the Taliban delegation, arrive for Afghan peace talks in Doha, Qatar on Thursday

Abdul Salam Hanafi, member of the Taliban negotiating team and the Taliban delegation, arrive for Afghan peace talks in Doha, Qatar on Thursday

Secretary of State Antony Blinken, pictured, reportedly spoke with his Qatari counterpart on Thursday to thank the country

Secretary of State Antony Blinken, pictured, reportedly spoke with his Qatari counterpart on Thursday to thank the country

An aerial view shows Doha, the capital of Qatar, where recent peace talks have been held

An aerial view shows Doha, the capital of Qatar, where recent peace talks have been held

The 1,200 Afghans evacuated are but a fraction of the 21,000 people in the SIV application pipeline and the Biden administration is still struggling to find temporary homes for the evacuees.

Advocates estimate the total number of evacuees under the SIV program at between 50,000 and 80,000 when family members are included.

Krish O’Mara Vignarajah, president of the Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service resettlement organization, called it ‘deeply troubling’ that the U.S. has ‘no concrete plan in place to evacuate allies who are clearly in harm’s way.’

‘It is baffling why the administration has been taking so long in order to secure these agreements,’ she said.

Some countries were hesitant to take in Afghans because of concerns about the quality of security vetting and health screening for COVID-19 before they were allowed to fly, two officials told Reuters.

The United States has offered economic and political concessions to Kosovo for taking in several thousand Afghans, but there is concern in Washington about its ability to house the Afghans, sources said.

Special Immigrant Visa applicant Ayazudin Hilal, right, receives a Mission Essential Personnel Heart Award in 2011 in Kunar province, where Ayazudin was working as a combat translator

Special Immigrant Visa applicant Ayazudin Hilal, right, receives a Mission Essential Personnel Heart Award in 2011 in Kunar province, where Ayazudin was working as a combat translator

SIV applicant Ayazudin Hilal, left, is pictured in 2011 in Kunar province, where Ayazudin was working as a combat translator

SIV applicant Ayazudin Hilal, left, is pictured in 2011 in Kunar province, where Ayazudin was working as a combat translator

Afghan Afghan Special Immigrant Visa (SIV) applicants crowd into the Herat Kabul Internet cafe seeking help applying for the SIV program on August 8, 2021 in Kabul, Afghanistan

Afghan Afghan Special Immigrant Visa (SIV) applicants crowd into the Herat Kabul Internet cafe seeking help applying for the SIV program on August 8, 2021 in Kabul, Afghanistan

Many Afghans are in desperate need of assistance completing the forms and obtaining required human resources letters, a particular challenge for those whose US government work ended years ago

Many Afghans are in desperate need of assistance completing the forms and obtaining required human resources letters, a particular challenge for those whose US government work ended years ago

Dawlatt Naimati, 22, from Kunduz, stands outside the Herat Kabul Internet cafe where she is seeking help applying for the U.S. Special Immigrant Visa (SIV) on August 8, 2021 in Kabul

Dawlatt Naimati, 22, from Kunduz, stands outside the Herat Kabul Internet cafe where she is seeking help applying for the U.S. Special Immigrant Visa (SIV) on August 8, 2021 in Kabul

SIV applicant Nazifa Sultani, 43, poses near her home on July 31, 2021 in Kabul, Afghanistan. Nazifa was a maid who worked from 2014 to 2021 for various security companies, including US and UK government contractors, cleaning their villas

SIV applicant Nazifa Sultani, 43, poses near her home on July 31, 2021 in Kabul, Afghanistan. Nazifa was a maid who worked from 2014 to 2021 for various security companies, including US and UK government contractors, cleaning their villas

James Miervaldis, chairman of the board of No One Left Behind, an organization that helps SIV applicants get to the United States, said there now appeared to be little chance that most of the SIV applicants will be evacuated.

‘The math and the timeline just do not add up,’ he said. ‘Those people are not going to be able to leave.’

The issue has been closely watched by lawmakers in Congress, including Biden’s allies.

‘We have to follow through on our promises to the thousands of Afghans who risked their lives to help us. It’s time for the Biden (administration) to cut the red tape and get this done,’ said Democratic congresswoman Sara Jacobs.

On Friday, the former Emir of Qatar Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani released a statement on Twitter praising the 'positive results' from the meetings

On Friday, the former Emir of Qatar Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani released a statement on Twitter praising the ‘positive results’ from the meetings

Secretary of State Antony Blinken spoke with his Qatari counterpart on Thursday to thank the country for supporting ‘U.S. efforts to provide safety and security to Afghan nationals,’ CNN reported.

Representatives from the Taliban and the Afghanistan government held talks with envoys from countries – including the U.S., United Nations, Pakistan and China – this week in making steps toward peace.

On Friday, the former Emir of Qatar Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani released a statement on Twitter praising the ‘positive results’ from the meetings.

Al Thani, who ruled Qatar from 1995 until 2013 when he abdicated the throne, has previously held peace talks between the U.S. and the Taliban throughout the War on Terror.

‘We welcome the positive results of the international meeting on the peace process in Afghanistan in Doha,’ the former Emir tweeted.

‘[We] call on all participating parties to take more steps towards building confidence and intensify efforts to reach a political settlement and a comprehensive ceasefire as soon as possible.’

US and Qatar are ‘finalizing’ deal to house Afghans seeking visas to America

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