Wednesday, October 20

The Government reports that twelve of the Afghans who have landed in Torrejón have requested international protection

The Government has addressed the situation in Afghanistan on Thursday after the collapse of the government sponsored by the international community in the hands of the Taliban. The president, Pedro Sánchez, has met this Thursday an interministerial working group in which the second vice president, Yolanda Díaz; the Minister of the Presidency, Félix Bolaños (who coordinates the group); that of Foreign Affairs, José Manuel Albares; that of Defense, Margarita Robles; that of the Interior, Fernando Grande-Marlaska; that of Health, Carolina Darias, and that of Migrations, José Luis Escrivá. The focus is on the repatriation of Spanish personnel in the country, as well as Afghan collaborators. Last night the first plane from Kabul arrived in Spain.

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At the meeting, the Minister of the Interior reported that most of the Afghans who have landed in Torrejón de Ardoz (Madrid), and who are sponsored by other countries of the European Union, “have declined to request international protection in Spain and in the next few days they will be transferred from Spain to their places of destination “. According to the information provided by Moncloa, “twelve of them have requested Spanish international protection, so their identities were referred to the Office of Asylum and Refuge of the Ministry of the Interior, which will process and resolve these requests.” These cases will be referred “in the next few hours” to the reception centers.

The Minister of the Presidency has stated that the device to evacuate Spanish personnel and Afghan collaborators from Kabul is “fully operational”, according to a press release distributed by Moncloa after the meeting. For his part, the Foreign Minister stressed that it remains a “priority to preserve the security of the group that remains to be transferred to Spain” and “to address requests for help from civil society leaders and human rights defenders, with special attention to those related to women and girls. Robles has also intervened, the Minister of Defense has insisted that “the Government’s commitment is to bring the entire Spanish contingent with guarantees.”

The second vice president, Yolanda Díaz, who has represented United We Can at the meeting, has asked for “safe corridors” for those who are “forced to flee”, as well as an “agile and direct” processing of visas for “women, girls and children “escaping from the Taliban, as well as for” activists and trade unionists. ”

“Solidarity with Afghanistan challenges us and forces us to look for safe alternatives for refugees,” said the Minister of Labor in a message on Twitter. “We have defended a strong humanitarian commitment and the involvement of the EU in this process,” he added.

During the meeting, Díaz supported “the reception and reception of Afghan refugees in our country,” an operation that “must be carried out with the full involvement of the EU, which, since its independence, multilateralism and respect for human rights, must promote the establishment of safe corridors, without bureaucratic obstacles, for people who are forced to flee Afghanistan. ” sources from the Ministry of Labor explain to

The vice president of United We Can has argued that both Spain and the EU have “a responsibility in welcoming the Afghan citizens in solidarity, especially women and girls and boys.” Thus, it has proposed “to expedite and facilitate the entry into our country of women and girls and boys” as “the most vulnerable population” as well as “activists and union representatives.”