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European Parliament fears political influence of Russia and China in Afghanistan

Source : 112 Ukraine

The European Parliament called on all parties in Afghanistan to ensure " safe and orderly departure of foreign nationals and Afghans who wish to leave the country"
16:23, 17 August 2021

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Representatives of the European Parliament have expressed concern that Russia and China could take advantage of the events in Afghanistan. This is stated in a statement published on the website.

"The EU, together with other partners, needs to tackle urgently the humanitarian crisis in the country and the region, caused by conflict, displacement, food insecurity, droughts and the COVID-19 pandemic. It is in our own interest to prevent another migration crisis. The EU needs to develop a new Strategy for Afghanistan and the region taking into account the new circumstances, considering that Russia and China will quickly try to fill the political vacuum. In particular, Pakistan, Iran and India should be urged to play a constructive role in Afghanistan."

According to them, "the hasty withdrawal of US and NATO troops from the country without a condition base and the shocking collapse of Afghan institutions and its security forces allowed the Taliban to take over the country in an unexpectedly rapid way."

Representatives of the EP stated that in this situation "humanitarian action prevails over everything." They called on all parties in Afghanistan to provide "safe and orderly departure of foreign nationals and Afghans who wish to leave the country."

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" The departure through Kabul airport must be assured by all means," the MEPs stated.

The statement also called on those in power in Afghanistan, "to abstain from violence and respect basic human rights and international humanitarian law, and the achievements of the last 20 years in the fields of women’s and girls’ rights, the right of education, health care and social and economic development." 

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