To resolve the issue of resettlement of Afghan refugees in Western countries, the European Union (EU) proposed to convene a high-level international forum, but has not yet decided how many of them it is ready to accept. On August 24, following a discussion of the situation in Afghanistan at a virtual meeting of the G7 countries, this was announced by the head of the European Commission (EC) Ursula von der Leynen.
“We proposed to hold an international forum to discuss the resettlement of refugees from Afghanistan. We are still at the stage of consultations on how many people the EU will be able to receive, since humanitarian visas for them should be issued by the states of the community, and not by the European Commission, ”she said.
Resettlement should be done on a purely voluntary basis, von der Leynen said. She also noted that the forum will allow collecting proposals from all countries regarding quotas for the number of Afghan refugees they are ready to place on their territory.
“This is a global crisis and its solution must be international,” concluded the President of the European Commission.
At the same time, German Chancellor Angela Merkel said at a press conference that Germany, within the framework of urgent humanitarian aid, will immediately provide Afghanistan with € 100 million, and later will allocate another € 500 million. She stressed that the main priority at the moment is the issue of evacuating Afghan citizens from country.
Earlier on Tuesday, the EU called on the Afghan authorities to allow those wishing to get to Kabul airport.
On the same day, the radical Taliban movement (banned in Russia) announced a ban on evacuation from Kabul after August 31. Currently, the Taliban have blocked the road leading to Kabul airport and only foreigners are allowed there.
The situation in Afghanistan has exacerbated after the start of the withdrawal of American troops who have been in the country since 2001. Taliban militants launched an offensive against major cities in the country and entered Kabul on August 15, announcing the end of the war. Afghan President Ashraf Ghani resigned on the same day and left the state.
In this regard, diplomatic missions of a number of countries have begun the evacuation of their employees, which is carried out through the only airport in Kabul controlled by the United States and its NATO allies.
Due to the fact that the citizens of Afghanistan are also trying to hastily leave the country, there is a bustle at the airport, a crush. As of August 24, more than 25 people have died in the airport area.