“We, like the West, will not be exempt from an in-depth reflection on the mistakes made and the lessons to be learned from the twenty-year intervention in Afghanistan. Now, however, it is necessary to define a shared strategy”. Thus, according to what is learned, the Foreign Minister, Luigi Di Maio, at the EU Foreign Affairs Council.
“We are aware that the demand for reception of refugees and migrants from Afghanistan will increase. It is therefore necessary for the EU to develop a common response, also in this case in close collaboration with the partners of the region, to which it will be simultaneously guaranteed. the necessary support “.
In these hours and in the coming days we should work, if possible, on an internationally coordinated initiative to ensure humanitarian flights and ensure that the emergency is replaced by an organized process, said the minister. of Foreign Affairs.
The protection of civilians, the safety of Afghans who have collaborated in various capacities with the international community and of personalities who have spoken out in favor of human and civil rights must remain at the center of our efforts, he added.
In this regard, Italy – as long as conditions allow – will maintain a diplomatic presence at the Kabul airport and will continue the evacuation operations of other compatriots and Afghan citizens who have supported our Embassy and our military contingent.