According to a leaked State Department document, the Biden administration refused to allow private Afghan evacuation planes to land in neighboring countries, although such flights required official approval. According to Fox News, the State Department warned that commercial charter flights, including those carrying American citizens, would be denied access to DOD airbases. As a consequence of these facts, it appears that what Blaze-TV anchor Glenn Beck claimed on broadcast, that the State Department refused to offer landing approval to planes hired by Mercury One as well as The Nazarene Fund, therefore stopping them from departing.
As reported by Fox News, the email was sent by Eric Montalvo. He was in charge of coordinating a series of private jets to remove Americans, including Afghan allies left behind in Afghanistan, by the Biden administration. State Department emails illustrate how bureaucratic barriers were placed in front of private evacuation efforts, as seen by an email received on September 1.
According to the State Department, private charter planes cannot land at Al Udeid Air Base. In contrast, a State Department official tells Fox News that with the possible exception of Saudi Arabia, the majority, if not all, nations in the Middle Eastern region will allow charters to land.
Both White House press secretary Jen Psaki and State Department spokesman Ned Price disputed during a September 2 press conference that the Biden administration was blocking private planes from departing Afghanistan. However, the State Department did not respond to a request for comment on Beck’s report. Secretary of State Antony Blinken stated that the US collaborates with non-governmental organizations and advocacy groups “around the clock.” Moreover, the Taliban has indicated that it would allow anyone with travel documents to leave Afghanistan freely.