EU particular envoy on Afghanistan praises India’s supply of humanitarian assist to Kabul

EU special envoy on Afghanistan praises India's offer of humanitarian support to Kabul

2021-12-03 16:01:24

New Delhi: European Union’s particular envoy on Afghanistan, Tomas Niklasson who’s in Delhi has welcomed the Indian govt’s supply to ship humanitarian assist of fifty,000 MT of wheat to the folks of Afghanistan. The Indian assist comes whilst onset of winters in Afghanistan is worsening the state of affairs within the nation for a lot of widespread Afghans. The nation noticed a Taliban takeover within the month of August.

Speaking to Zee Media, Niklasson mentioned,” there’s a very sturdy overlap in approach, or a really related evaluation of the state of affairs” by India, EU on the subject of Afghanistan and each are “seeking to see if there are  concrete areas the place we will work.” In Delhi, the EU particular envoy met India’s International Secretary Harsh Shringla and JS PAI JP Singh.

Niklasson has come to Delhi from Doha the place he had talks with the Taliban delegation led by its International Minister Amir Khan Muttaqi. One of many key points raised by EU in the course of the meet was human rights, ladies’s rights, lack of inclusivity of taliban led govt and many others.

Requested about if EU plans to recognise the regime, he mentioned, “we’re not speeding into recognition, we’re not recognizing, we’ve not acknowledged the Taliban regime, the interim govt. We do nevertheless see the necessity to interact with them”. European Union’s particular envoy on Afghanistan, Tomas Niklasson additional answered a number of questions whereas talking with Zee media.

Query: What sort of conversations you had in Delhi with India’s International Secretary Harsh Shringla and JS PAI JP Singh?

Reply: We had an excellent assembly on Wednesday (December 1) with the international secretary and in addition with the joint secretary working in Afghanistan, who I’ve met earlier than. Mainly, the aim of my go to is to discover with Indian officers, perceive higher how they see the state of affairs, what challenges they see coming from Afghanistan, what answer they see, how we will work collectively and I’m happy to see, this we mainly knew from earlier than that there’s a very sturdy overlap in a approach or a really related evaluation of the state of affairs and now seeking to see if there are concrete areas the place we will work.

Query: What are these concrete areas the place India and the EU can work on Afghanistan?

Reply: To start out with we have to have a typical understanding of the state of affairs, that we have already got. We also needs to, attempt to harmonize the messages we’re sending to the Taliban appointed interim authorities, when it comes to what is anticipated from them, when it comes to respect for human rights , when it comes to Afghanistan not once more being a risk to different nations, in phrases inclusivity of the government and another points and that’s one thing we will work on however not solely between EU and India, and I see convergence amongst companions within the area and past. It’s the similar factor we inform, and that may be a good factor.

Query: What sort of dialog you had in Doha with Taliban FM Muttaqi and do u plan to acknowledge the Taliban govt in Kabul?

Reply: I’ll begin with 2nd query as a result of that’s the best and shortest one. The reply isn’t any, we’re not speeding into recognition, we’re not recognizing, we’ve not acknowledged the Taliban regime, the interim govt. We do nevertheless see the necessity to interact with them and our dialog in Doha this weekend, with Performing Taliban international minister and the delegation from Kabul touched on the areas I simply mentioned–it contact on inclusivity of the government, we talked about human rights, we talked about counter terrorism, we talked about entry to humanitarian help and we additionally talked about protected passage–which means Afghans below risk, Afghans which want protected place ought to have the ability to go away the nation.

Query: However do u assume the Taliban is severe about these points, like human rights, ladies’s schooling?

Reply: We’ve got mentioned the difficulty of inclusive govt and I made it very clear, you might be completely proper that there aren’t any ladies within the main place that’s one thing we talked about. On inclusivity there are different elements, reminiscent of ethnicity–non-Taliban, non-Pashtuns ought to have a stronger function if they need govt to be acknowledged by its personal folks. There’s plenty of speak about worldwide recognition however equally necessary or some would say much more necessary is to be acknowledged by your personal folks. In terms of the appropriate of girls, lengthy method to go, we talked about schooling and there was a transparent dedication and clear declaration that it’s a coverage of the interim govt that ladies, women ought to go to high school and ladies ought to have entry to schooling. However clearly this isn’t taking place and we have to see, we have to push and monitor and offered women ought to have entry to schooling. We may even see or supporting the funds of stipend, to incentivize academics, in order that schooling will be offered however that may solely occur if women even have entry.

Query: India is eager to ship humanitarian support to Afghan folks, however some hindrances.

Reply: Humanitarian help to Afghanistan is totally essential, EU has raised its pledges of humanitarian help from 60 million euros to 300 million euros. Our member states have pledged one other 400 million euros and we very recognize contributions from different nations and really a lot appreciates India’s supply to ship 50,000 MT of wheat to Afghanistan. There have been some references in our dialog that there have been talks happening to unravel the difficulty between India and Pakistan, I’m not conscious how these talks are progressing, i’m not conscious of particular particulars however clearly for the sake of individuals of Afghanistan we are going to very a lot hope {that a} answer will be discovered shortly.

Query: Pakistan has affect when it comes Taliban. Function u see of the Govt in Islamabad on the subject of ensuring Taliban fulfills its dedication. Do u assume Taliban is taking part in a adverse function or it’s taking part in a sure postivie function?

Reply: I do not assume it’s constructive to attempt to put nations in both of these classes. The connection between Afghanistan and Pakistan is advanced and lengthy and we will speak about historical past, how the nations suffered. Pakistan has paid a excessive value. It has been very clear to me that many Indian voices think about Pakistan to have performed adverse function however we have now seen optimistic parts. They’ve generously hosted massive variety of Afghanistan refugees for many years at a really excessive value, when it comes to the way it has impacted the nation. They’ve performed a constructive function now in serving to the Afghan folks and international citizen to go away the nation. So, I’d not prefer to or do not discover it useful to attempt to attract up a web worth. We attempt to work with nations together with India and Pakistan and we see that the messaging and the identification of those messages we have to ship to the Taliban are very related and all of us must make progress from phrases to motion. So fairly than qualifying who’s taking part in adverse or optimistic function we should always look as to how every can contribute for the sake of individuals and for peace and stability.

Query: what do u assume is the most important problem, on is off track humanitarian support and what EU can do.

Reply: Briefly time period, winter is already in Afghanistan and humanitarian problem, disaster is a precedence concern. We have already got folks on the bottom in Kabul, we have now worldwide humanitarian employees working day and evening to verify our pledges of 300 million euros are translated into medication, meals, cloths, the necessities folks must survive. We work via worldwide organizations, UN org, NGOs to guarantee that this occurs and it’s. We see quick progress and there are vital challenges in getting sources into the nation, not simply the Indian wheat, however liquidity drawback, however my primary message is we by no means left Afghanistan when it comes to the humanitarian help, we have now labored with Afghanistan for greater than 20 years and we proceed to do every thing we will to assist the Afghan folks due to our dedication to it stays very very sturdy.

Query: Any plans to open full-fledged mission of EU in Kabul?

Reply: There aren’t any plans to open full-fledged mission in Kabul. We had a fairly substantial presence, we have been offering improvement help, of 200-300 million euros per 12 months. This isn’t taking place; this isn’t potential. What we’re contemplating is that if we will have very small variety of colleagues, no ambassador, no head of delegation however few individuals who may help on the one hand on the subject of humanitarian help and 2nd to assist Afghans whom we have now obligations and large duty for– when it comes to protected passage. This can rely, if we will do this, once we can do this will depend on the safety state of affairs, the way it evolves and it will depend on the mechanism we will put in place to safe our employees which is an absolute precedence for us however offered we will remedy these issues–this can occur in the end.

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