I trust that he can do everything. He is the President of the United States. He is a man of education. — Aman Khalili, President Joe Biden's interpreter from Islamabad
I trust that he can do everything. He is the President of the United States. He is a man of education. — Aman Khalili, President Joe Biden's interpreter from Islamabad

Our message to him [Aman Khalili] is: Thank you for fighting by our side for the last 20 years. ... We will get you out. We will honor your service. And we're committed to doing exactly that. — White House press secretary Jen Psaki
Our message to him [Aman Khalili] is: Thank you for fighting by our side for the last 20 years. ... We will get you out. We will honor your service. And we're committed to doing exactly that. — White House press secretary Jen Psaki

Afghan interpreter who helped rescue Biden in 2008 gets out of Afghanistan
Early Monday morning, the sources told CNN that the Human First Coalition, along with the State Department, successfully extracted Aman Khalili and his family from Pakistan. Khalili had recently asked now-President Biden to return the favor and rescue him from the country.

The coalition told CNN: "We are grateful for the continued support of Prime Minister of Pakistan Imran Khan for his continued support of the evacuation, Secretary Antony Blinken, Congressman Jeff Fortenberry, Senator Chris Coon, Chief of Staff DoS Suzy George, DoS JP Feldmayer, Director of Task Force Islamabad Mark Terkowski for evacuating the family of Aman Khalili, President Joe Biden's interpreter from Islamabad and their promise to evacuate the remaining 200 people that remain in Islamabad."

... The former interpreter helped rescue Biden in 2008 when his helicopter -- which was also carrying then-Sens. Chuck Hagel of Nebraska and John Kerry of Massachusetts -- was forced to make an emergency landing in the mountains of Afghanistan because of a snowstorm.

This summer Khalili said his Special Immigrant Visa was stuck in processing and that he had faith in President Biden. He told CNN's Anderson Cooper on "AC360," "I trust him."

"I trust that he can do everything," Kahlili, who was at the time only going by the name Mohammed, said of the President. "He is the President of the United States. He is a man of education."


A senior State Department official confirmed that Khalili was able to successfully leave Afghanistan and has also departed Pakistan.

... In August, White House press secretary Jen Psaki praised the Afghan interpreter and reaffirmed the US' commitment to helping Afghan allies.

"Our message to him is: Thank you for fighting by our side for the last 20 years. Thank you for the role you played in helping a number of my favorite people out of a snowstorm and for all the work you did. And our commitment is enduring, not just to American citizens but to our Afghan partners who have fought by our side," Psaki said. "And our efforts and our focus right now is, as you've heard Gen. McKenzie say and others say over the last 24 hours, is to the diplomatic phase. We will get you out. We will honor your service. And we're committed to doing exactly that," she added.
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