EU : Resettlement Forum in September to discuss the situation in Afghanistan
In the aftermath of the United States and its allied troops withdrawing from Afghanistan, following a two-decade battle, the European Union on Tuesday said that it will convene a forum in September to discuss the “legal routes for resettlement” of at-risk Afghan nationals, especially women and children.
Taking to Twitter, EU Commissioner for Home Affairs, Ylva Johansson, said, “I will convene, in September, a high-level Resettlement Forum to discuss concrete priorities with member states and provide sustainable solutions to those Afghans who are most vulnerable, particularly women and children.”
Notably, the EU Council ministers met on Tuesday for a roundtable dialogue on the current developments in Afghanistan that fell in the arms of Islamist militant group Taliban after the US determined to finish its longest battle of almost 20 years. Leading up to the sooner determined August 31-deadline by US President Joe Biden for his troops to depart Afghanistan, there have been speculations and even insistence from allied forces to lengthen the time. However, Biden determined to keep it up and the final US army flight flew out of the war-torn nation late Monday with movies of Taliban firing gun photographs and celebrating being reported.
The European Union has formally agreed to rely on countries neighbouring Afghanistan to manage and host a potential wave of refugees fleeing Taliban rule. Ministers from the 27 EU countries, in consultation with representatives from the European Commission, took the decision after gathering in Brussels for an in-person meeting of the EU Council. “The best way to prevent migration crisis is to prevent a humanitarian crisis,” said Ylva Johansson, European Commissioner for home affairs.
Asked about possible recognition of the Taliban government, Johansson said the “EU is quite far” from taking the step and the Taliban must be judged on what they do, not what they promise to. The EU has frozen a multi-year €1-billion programme in development assistance for Afghanistan until there’s greater clarity surrounding the new government.