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US in final talks to house Afghan interpreters at military bases in Qatar and Kuwait

The United States is in the final stages of talks to temporarily house a number of Afghan nationals who assisted the US war effort and their families at US military bases in Qatar and Kuwait pending approval of their visas , according to three people familiar with the plans.

The first round of about 2,500 candidates will be flown to Fort Lee, an army base in Virginia, starting this month, State Department spokesman Ned Price said on Tuesday. The base will serve as a temporary detention station for Afghan nationals who have completed security checks and are in the final stages of their visa application process, officials said.

Additional candidates could be transferred to US military bases in Qatar and Kuwait if the host countries agree, two US officials and a source in Congress said. Neither country has approved the US request to host Afghan nationals, but an agreement is “near,” one of the officials said.

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