“The Afghan crisis is not over,” EU foreign policy chief Josep Borrell told the European Parliament in Strasbourg. “In order to have any chance of influencing events, we have no choice but to reach agreements with the Taliban,” he stressed.
The EU Foreign Ministers have set conditions to restore humanitarian aid and diplomatic ties with the Taliban, who took control of Afghanistan on August 15, including respect for human rights, particularly those of women. .
“It may be a pure oxymoron to talk about human rights, but it is what we have to ask of them,” Borrell said.
The EU’s head of diplomacy told MEPs that the bloc must be prepared for Afghans trying to reach Europe if the Taliban allow people to leave, although he noted that he does not expect migration flows to be as high as those from 2015, caused by the civil war in Syria.
The European Commission (EC, the executive body of the EU) plans to raise 300 million euros ($ 355 million) worth of funding from EU member states and the common budget both this year and next to pave the way. the resettlement of some 30,000 Afghans.