EU OPENS Afghan EVACUATION camp at Torrejón military airbase, Madrid! While ⚠’WARNING’ ⚠Taliban

EU OPENS Afghan EVACUATION camp at Torrejón military airbase, Madrid! While ⚠’WARNING’ ⚠Taliban

welcome to gnws daily news your daily dose of news subscribe if you want the most comprehensive news reports out there leave a like and drop a comment let’s get into the news i would like to to express our support our gratitude to you pedro to your government to your leadership because your decision to take this initiative immediately there is a signal of dignity european dignity this political project the european union is based on fundamental principles and values unity solidarity human rights and that’s why it was so important to demonstrate our clear solidarity to those people in afghanistan who helps us and the member states to try to promote our values to defend our interests during the last years eu leader came during a press conference with european council president charles michel and spanish prime minister pedro sanchez at the torajan military air base in madrid a welcome center has been established in the spanish city to take in european citizens and afghan allies evacuated from the country following the taliban solidification of power ursula von der leyen on saturday pledged more humanitarian aid for afghanistan while calling on the international community to help resettle refugees von der leyen’s remarks outlined the eu’s thinking on the unfolding crisis in afghanistan a week after taliban militants captured the country amid a drawdown of allied western troops the upheaval is expected to generate increased migration out of afghanistan and it has pushed western countries to reconsider their financial assistance to the country speaking alongside european council president charles michel and spanish prime minister pedro sanchez von der leyen said the commission would provide funds to eu countries that resettle afghan refugees indeed von der leyen was in spain to visit a facility housing evacuated afghans who had worked for the eu i would like to to express our support our gratitude to you pedro to your government to your leadership because your decision to take this initiative immediately there is a signal of dignity european dignity this political project the european union is based on fundamental principles and values unity solidarity human rights and that’s why it was so important to demonstrate our clear solidarity to those people in afghanistan who helps us and the member states to try to promote our values to defend our interests during the last years and i want to thank you for having taken the initiative and i also want to thank the high representative joseph the two of you having taken the initiative with the respective minister for foreign affairs and development to coordinate the reception of incoming afghans here who have worked for the european union and to coordinate their arrival here with their families and indeed as you said pedro you can feel it today in the times of need spain has shown humanity and spain has proven a great sense of solidarity so spain is here an example for the european soul at its best and i really want to thank you i also want to thank the personnel we’ve seen today i’ve seen the red cross the social workers that have explained to us the facilities the security forces we have seen the interpreters many many volunteers it is outstanding and to know that we have your expertise and your um your empathy is invaluable for all of us and for the people who are looking here for help i also want to thank the member states who are taking in our colleagues from afghanistan and their families this whole event we are living through now is a tragedy for afghanistan and it is a severe blow for the international community and the more important it is that even as the crisis engulfs kabul that we step up as european union at member states to expand all the efforts of help that are necessary we need to help it is our moral responsibility and not only to help the afghans arriving here in spain but also those who have remained in afghanistan and here i want to emphasize that the european union is firmly committed to continue supporting the ngos operating in the country humanitarian needs are increasing with the latest development if we look at the number of internally displaced people it’s the largest number it’s 3.7 million almost and 80 percent of them are women and girls and children and they are the most at risk so we must help ensure that displaced afghans can safely return to their homes or have at least a perspective whether they are currently in afghanistan or in the neighboring countries and for that purpose the commission is currently working on increasing its current humanitarian aid we had planned an envelope of 57 million euros for 2021 but we have to increase that and we will soon come forward with the proposal in response to a reporter’s question on whether eu leaders are in contact with the taliban von der leyen said it was important to differentiate between talks to ensure evacuees safe release and official recognition of the group as the legitimate leaders of afghanistan we do have operational contacts with the taliban in this moment of crisis because we need to discuss in these difficult times how we can facilitate it for people in kabul to come to the airport she explained question do we speak to the taliban do we sit at the same table with a taliban and i think it’s very important to differentiate between two things of course we do have operational contacts with the taliban at the moment being in the moment of crisis because we need for example to discuss in these difficult times how we can facilitate it for people in kabul to come towards the airport and you know how difficult that is in those cases of course um operational contacts are needed and it’s always good to speak if you can save lives but this is completely diff distinct and separated from political talks there are no political talks with the taliban there is no recognition of the taliban and therefore um i just wanted to answer the question european union’s top officials warned the taliban on saturday that the current conversations being held to secure the exit of as many afghan evacuees as possible do not mean the block is prepared to recognize the new regime we remain closely coordinated with our international partners on the grounds and around the globe we’ve been engaging tirelessly with our partner partners in the international community you may have seen last night the united states organized a joint statement with 98 signatories calling on all parties to respect and facilitate the safe and orderly departure of foreign nationals and afghans who wish to leave the country today secretary blinken spoke with russian foreign minister lavrov prc state councillor and foreign minister wang yi pakistan foreign minister qureshi uk foreign secretary rob nato secretary general general stoltenberg uh turkish foreign minister chavasolu and eu high representative joseph burrell yesterday i spoke with australian foreign minister payne french foreign minister ledriel german foreign minister moss and norwegian foreign minister sarita other senior officials have been making calls to their counterparts as well around the clock additionally the u.n security council issued a joint press statement earlier today calling for a new government that is united inclusive and representative including with the full and full and meaningful participation of women the council spoke with one voice to underscore that afghanistan must abide by its international obligations including to international humanitarian law and ensure the safety and security of all afghans and international citizens the situation will continue to remain fluid in the coming hours and and likely in the coming days nevertheless we are operating on multiple fronts and around the clock to protect our people those who have worked side by side with the united states over the years and other vulnerable afghans it’s not a matter of official recognition is a matter of dealing with if i want almost 400 people afghan and their families that they have been working for us for the european union their delegations to reach the airport you can understand that i will need to talk with the taliban authorities if not it’s going to be quite difficult for them to reach the report for free it’s going to be a quite complicated logistical operation so we have to engage with them and at the same time remain very vigilant on the respect of the international obligations as i said accepted by the different afghans governments on the last 50 years and this includes for sure all the conditionalities and now and the respect of the all resolutions of united nations security council but we also hear more and more reports of people being hunted down for their past work or their opinions and we hear of women being turned away when they show up at their usual workplace so let me be very clear on development aid the 1 billion euros in eu funds set aside for development aid for the next seven years is tied to strict conditions respect for human rights good treatment of minorities and respect for the rights of women and girls just to name a few and not a single euro can go to a regime not a single euro of development aid that denies women and girls their full freedoms and rights to education and careers we may well hear the taliban’s words but we will measure them above all by their deeds and their actions um i witnessed from the very first minute that the hrvp joseph has tirelessly cared for the personnel in the delegation we’ve been in close contact all the time we had the phone calls with jens stoltenberg secretary general of nato um in very close contact uh the hrvp is with blinken state secretary blinken so um this is on the political level but much more important is on the practical level on the ground our head of delegation is there with security officers till yesterday today is the deputy head of delegation uh they are constantly at the airport trying uh to facilitate for afghan staff um union staff to come towards the airport it is a very difficult situation it is changing by the minute but there is intense work being done to do the best of a very difficult situation
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EU OPENS Afghan EVACUATION camp at Torrejón military airbase, Madrid! While ⚠\'WARNING\' ⚠Taliban

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