The PP demands that the President of the Government explain in an extraordinary plenary session of Congress the evacuation operation from Afghanistan
Pedro Sánchez chaired this Thursday the meeting of the ministerial group that supervises the repatriation operation of the Spanish contingent in Afghanistan. He did it telematically from Lanzarote, where he has been spending his holidays since August 4, and in the midst of a downpour of criticism from the opposition for his silence. The President of the Government returns to Moncloa this Friday.
The on-line meeting was attended by the ministers of Foreign Affairs, José Manuel Albares, of Defense, Margarita Robles, of the Interior, Fernando Grande-Marlaska, of Health, Carolina Darias, of Social Security and Migration, José Luis Escrivá, and of the Presidency, Félix Bolaños, who coordinates the working group. Although it was not on the government agenda, the second vice president, Yolanda Díaz, also participated.
A few hours before the meeting, Albares and Escrivá received at the Madrid base of Torrejón the first A400M aircraft of the Armed Forces that transferred 53 people from Kabul, five Spaniards from the diplomatic mission and 48 Afghans who worked for the Spanish troops and for the Embassy. «We concluded the first phase of the evacuation. There are practically no Spaniards left in Afghanistan, “explained the Minister of Social Security and Migration. The Foreign Affairs Minister specified in the subsequent ministerial meeting that only the ambassador, his second in the diplomatic mission, and the security personnel remain in the Afghan capital.
During the meeting, as reported by the Secretary of State for Communication, all the ministers took the floor to detail the actions taken in their areas. The Foreign Minister pointed out that, once all the Spanish personnel and Afghan collaborators have been transferred, the evacuation to Spain of civil society leaders and human rights defenders who may suffer reprisals from the Taliban regime will be studied. Moncloa did not make an evaluation of the success of the operation in its informative note, but Executive sources indicated that there was satisfaction at the meeting.
Sánchez’s reappearance was preceded by an avalanche of criticism from the opposition for his silence after the open crisis in Afghanistan with the Taliban offensive that culminated in almost absolute control of the country, including the capital, and which put the evacuation operation at risk. from diplomatic mission officials and Afghan collaborators for the chaotic situation at the Kabul airport and the difficulties in getting there.
A few hours before the telematic meeting of the president and his ministers, the head of the opposition denounced on his Twitter account that the Government “is a cage of crickets incapable of managing anything but Sánchez is still on vacation.” In the same message, Pablo Casado demanded that the Chief Executive “appear in Congress as they do in other countries and put order in the chaos of the price of electricity, the anticovid regulations, the migration crisis in Ceuta and the departure from Afghanistan.”
The demand of the leader of the PP was reflected in a request of his party in the registry of the Chamber for the president to attend an extraordinary plenary session. The popular petition will be debated next week in the Permanent Delegation of Congress. The president of Ciudadanos, Inés Arrimadas, joined the popular demand this Thursday because Sánchez “must show his face” and render accounts to know “the minute and result of the people who remain in Afghanistan.” It is necessary, he added, to have “a position as a country” agreed upon by all political forces.
The meeting of the Permanent Delegation does not have a date but it is likely to be convened for August 25. Moncloa has not yet reported whether the president will go to the parliamentary chamber, but if he does, government sources explained, it will be at his own request and not due to the demands of the opposition parties. In any case, there would be a scheduling problem for the appearance to be immediate because the President of the Government has planned a trip for next week to Egypt and Kenya.
Campaign on social media
Sánchez, they say in the Government, has been on top of all the details of the Afghanistan operation and they recall that this Wednesday he already held a telematic meeting with the Ministers of Foreign Affairs and Defense. La Moncloa released photographs and videos of that meeting, which gave rise to the PP to launch the # DondeEstaSánchez campaign on social networks to denounce the presidential silence and to ridicule the fact that Sánchez spoke with Albares and Robles with summer espadrilles. The national spokesman for the popular and mayor of Madrid, José Luis Martínez Almeida, wrote: «In espadrilles one decides better. In the summer, we are not going to wear shoes that cause stress ».
From the Government they did not want to enter this Thursday in the melee with the opposition. They only insisted that this Friday he will return to his office, preside over the Council of Ministers next Tuesday and then undertake the African tour leading a delegation of businessmen.