Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez, European Council President Charles Michel, European Commission President Von der Leyen and EU High Representative for Foreign Relations and Security Policy Josep Borrell, in Madrid, where Afghans , mainly those who cooperated with the EU, were evacuated from Afghanistan in coordination with the EU. visited the Torrejon de Ardoz military base in
Sanchez, Michel and Von der Leyen held a joint press conference after meeting with Afghan refugees and obtaining information from the authorities on the services provided.
“WE DON’T KNOW THE TALIBAN”
“Humanitarian aid to Afghanistan must continue. Von der Leyen said they are ready to provide the necessary assistance to countries that accept Afghan refugees.
Von der Leyen said: “We have no political contact with the Taliban, we do not know the Taliban. We only have operational contacts to save human lives. the Taliban, but we’ll assess them on their terms. Those who deny the rights of children and women, not even a euro will be given to a regime. he said.
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“DEFEND THE HUMAN RIGHTS WE WANT IN AFGHANISTAN”
EU Council President Michel said: “The international community must continue to try to defend its fundamental principles in Afghanistan. We will work so that what has been done so far is not lost. We hope that there will be a balance between guaranteeing security and the dignity of the European project. We want more stability in Afghanistan, human rights, to defend our values and our interests, ”the statement said.
Michel stressed that the situation in Afghanistan “continues to be dramatic and unprecedented”.
“THESE LAST 20 YEARS IN AFGHANISTAN HAVE NOT BEEN WASTE”
“The past 20 years in Afghanistan have not been wasted. Spain will always be ready to defend human rights, democracy and freedom. Sanchez said: “By showing the unity and solidarity of the EU, she responded to the dramatic situation in this country with the evacuations from Afghanistan.”
On the other hand, it was reported that there are currently around 200 refugees at the Torrejon de Ardoz military base, where a temporary shelter with a capacity of 800 people has been set up.
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It has been announced that the Afghan refugees, who have undergone a health check against the new type of coronavirus (Kovid-19), will be kept at the military base in Madrid for a maximum of 72 hours and then they will be sent to the EU. countries which have undertaken to receive them by granting temporary traffic authorizations.
STRONG CRITICISMS OF THE OPPORTUNITY IN SANCHEZ
Right-wing opposition parties in Spain have severely criticized Prime Minister Sanchez on the grounds that he has not interrupted his vacation since developments in Afghanistan began, he has only made a statement on Twitter and has did not give an informative speech to the General Assembly of Parliament.
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Opposition leaders accused Sanchez of “calling on EU leaders in Madrid to manipulate Spanish domestic politics and take pictures together.”