Afghan issued with visa to apply for asylum in Lithuania
KABUL (Pajhwok): Lithuanian authorities have granted a temporary visa to an Afghan interpreter, enabling him to apply for asylum in the Baltic country, media reports said on Thursday.
After being issued with a five-day visa, Abdul Basir Yousofy landed in Vilnius late on Wednesday, according to the Associated Press. He worked for Lithuanian troops in Afghanistan.
He flew to Vilnius from a migrant camp in Greece after his appeal to the Lithuanian president for help on Twitter drew a positive response. The 22-year-old worked for Lithuanian troops in Ghor province.
At the airport, Yousofy told journalists he never wanted to return to his country, where he received threats from Taliban insurgents. His two-month journey to Greece had cost him around $6,500.
Now that he has been granted a five-day visa, the young man can apply for asylum for himself, his spouse and their two-year-old daughter.
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