EU High Commissioner for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Josep Borrell said that US control at Kabul airport has made it difficult to evacuate people.
Commissioner for foreign policy and security of the European Union (EU) Josep Borrell said that Europe “can not” evacuate all people from Kabul in late August and blamed the US military has hampered this.
AFP news agency quoted Borrell on August 21 as saying that the US military control at Kabul airport had hindered EU efforts to evacuate people from Afghanistan.
“The problem is the way to the airport. American security and control measures are very tight. We complained to them and asked them to show more flexibility. We couldn’t help get our staff and residents inside,” Borrell explained.
European countries sent their citizens home last week, with some traveling by helicopter and others being told to find their way to the airport.
A more complicated issue, however, is the evacuation of Afghan staff and people and their families, who have collaborated with the US and EU and are at risk of retaliation by the Taliban.
Speaking to AFP, Mr. Borrell said it would be “mathematically impossible” to get tens of thousands of Afghan citizens out of Kabul by the end of August when the last US troops are expected to withdraw from Afghanistan entirely…
However, whatever happens later this month, Mr. Borrell revealed he is still willing to build future diplomatic relations with a country controlled by the Taliban.
“The Taliban won the war so we will have to negotiate with them,” said the EU High Commissioner for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, noting that negotiations would be essential to “prevent a humanitarian disaster and potential migration”.
The US military set up a checkpoint at the Kabul airport. Photo: AFP
Nearly a week after Kabul fell to the Taliban, the US and European countries are still evacuating their citizens from Hamid Karzai International Airport, the only lifeline between Kabul and the West.
The takeover of the Islamic Taliban movement has forced thousands of people to flee Afghanistan for fear of retribution by the militants.
The incident caused chaos at Kabul airport in recent days. Some people were even killed and wounded while armed Taliban members shot into the air to control the crowd.