EU says there is no Taliban approval, no political negotiations

On August 21, 2021, President Ursula von der Reyen of the European Commission will speak at a press conference at Torrejón Air Base in Torrejón de Ardos, near Madrid, Spain. (Fan Medina / Reuters)

Brussels — The European Union has not approved the Taliban, EU Commission President Ursula von der Leyen said on Saturday, and a week after they seized control of Afghanistan, it was politics with militants. Not negotiating.

The Taliban completed the takeover of Afghanistan’s lightning bolt on Sunday and set foot in the capital Kabul without firing.

The head of EU executives spoke after visiting the reception center in Madrid for employees of the EU agency Afghanistan who had evacuated from Kabul.

Von der Leyen said the Commission would propose an increase of € 57 million ($ 67 million) in humanitarian aid allocated to Afghanistan this year.

She said EU development assistance is linked to respect for human rights, proper treatment of minorities, and respect for the rights of women and girls.

“We may often hear the Taliban’s words, but above all we measure them by their actions and actions,” Fonde Araien said at a press conference.

She said the Commission was ready to fund EU countries to help refugees resettlement and planned to raise resettlement issues at the G7 meeting next week.

After the peak of 2015, when more than one million migrants arrived in the EU, mainly from Syria, Afghanistan and Iraq, the EU received EU funding to accept asylum seekers on its territory, thanks to a contract with Turkey. So I reduced the number of arrivals. ..

By Foo Yun Chee