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Spain makes preliminary assessment of its actions in Afghanistan

Spain makes preliminary assessment of its actions in Afghanistan

Madrid, Aug 30 (Prensa Latina) Spain evacuated 2,200 people from Afghanistan, most of them with requests for political asylum, while stressing that it is open to operational contacts without recognizing the Taliban regime.
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This was announced today by the Foreign Affairs European Union and Cooperation Minister, Jose Manuel Albares, speaking before the Congress of Deputies.

Spain does not consider recognizing the regime ‘imposed by force in Afghanistan’, but leaves the door open to operational contacts with the authorities to continue with the plan to rescue the Afghan collaborators, said Albares.

Also, he said, Madrid wants to send humanitarian aid and guarantee respect for human rights in the country.

The diplomat emphasized that ‘the Taliban pose a threat to all Afghans and especially to women and girls’.

The reflection to be made is if operational contacts should be developed with the de facto authorities to be able to carry out these actions, he added.

On Saturday, King Felipe VI and the President of the Spanish Government, Pedro Sanchez, visited the Torrejon de Ardoz air base, where the camp for evacuees from Afghanistan is located.

His Majesty led the meeting of the inter-ministerial working group on Afghanistan to know about the latest developments of the operation, after the evacuation mission was concluded last Friday.

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