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Afghan issued with visa to apply for asylum in Lithuania

Afghan issued with visa to apply for asylum in Lithuania

Apr 07, 2016 - 09:17

KABULinfo-icon (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 Afghanistaninfo-icon.

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 Ghorinfo-icon province.

At the airport, Yousofy told journalists he never wanted to return to his country, where he received threats from Talibaninfo-icon 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.

PANinfo-icon Monitor/mud

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