The mission has as a priority to continue with the evacuations and will put conditions on the Taliban to increase their relationship
Operational commitment ». This is how the Twenty-seven called yesterday the type of relationship they want to maintain from now on with the new Government of Afghanistan. The foreign ministers, meeting in Slovenia, thus solved the difficult ballot that the EU had on the table with the stamp of urgent: how, once after leaving the Central Asian country en bloc during the disastrous military withdrawal of a week ago , it would be possible to return to Kabul. And also with your head held high.
The return seems necessary and convenient. The first, because there are still hundreds or thousands of community citizens and allied collaborators to evacuate from Afghan soil. The second, because the Emirate will be, whether the international community wants it or not, a Government and at some point both will cross paths. It is highly probable that interest has risen whole as a result of the Taliban declaring China their main commercial ally and the satellite position of other nations, although the Union made clear its greater motivation to obtain guarantees on the civil rights of the population. If a communication channel is opened, however fragile it may be, with the new rectors of the nation, they must respect a list of social freedoms.
Having resolved the fundamental reasons, the Union had yesterday to find the compass of return. And it has done so with a plan that involves creating a kind of single delegation of all community partners in Kabul. An ’embassy’ of the Union as a whole, alternative, without status, but where European officials go back to work. The 27 have decided to operate “in a coordinated manner” through a “joint presence in Kabul” that will be managed by the European External Action Service (EEAS) as long as “security conditions are met”, announced the High Representative for Policy Exterior and Common Security of the EU, Josep Borrell. In case of risk, the office will be installed in Doha, where the US has set up a delegation and the Taliban have their political headquarters.
The primary objective is the evacuation of those still trapped on their visas in Afghanistan. The fact that the Union plans to deploy a “team” on the ground “is not the first step towards a recognition” of the Taliban regime, but a “practical” matter to facilitate contact with the insurgent leaders “from an operational point of view ».
“We have important issues to discuss with the Afghan government and the main one is how to evacuate the hundreds or thousands of people that we would like to have evacuated,” Borrell warned. Each Member State will have to decide in advance the number and identity of the persons who are willing “to receive under their protection”.
The terrain is slippery. Brussels has not wanted to close its possible return to Kabul without establishing an emergency brake. In order for them to converse with Islamists, they must meet five conditions: respect for human rights – especially in the case of women, who demonstrated again in Herat yesterday to demand that their jobs and access to education be maintained. – and freedom of the media; the formation of an “inclusive” government; the establishment of safe corridors for humanitarian aid, and, fundamentally, the commitment of the new Executive that Afghanistan will not become “a base for the export of terrorism to other countries.”
Depending on their “behavior”, “operational contacts will increase,” underlined the High Commissioner, who also hinted that the EU will use its main asset as a dominant position: economic funds and aid to bring an economically collapsed country afloat. , where the unlocks are arriving little by little – the Western Union has resumed the transfers with the Central Asian country – and which has food reserves left for a month. “We will increase humanitarian aid, but we will evaluate the result according to the access they give us,” he warned.