The United States Embassy in Spain has announced the landing in the naval base of Rota (Cádiz) of a new plane with approximately 200 evacuees from Afghanistan on board, adding to the approximately 1,000 who arrived at those facilities over the past week on three other flights.
This aircraft, the fourth, has landed around nine in the morning and the embassy assures that “the United States Government operation continues with the work of receive, process and give as much help as possible to the basic needs of the evacuees in the process of resettlement in their final destinations ”.
According to the Memorandum of Understanding signed by the Spanish Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the US Embassy, the Spanish shared use bases of Rota (Cádiz) and Morón (Seville) could host up to a maximum of 4,000 Afghan refugees for a maximum period of 14 days.
All this is framed in the Operation Allies Refuge, the American mission for the safe evacuation of its citizens, applicants for special immigration visas and other vulnerable Afghans in the fastest and safest way possible.
Robles: «Political and ethical obligation»
The Minister of Defense, Margaret Robles, pointed out this Monday that the international community, including Spain, has a “political and ethical” obligation with Afghanistan so that all people who want to leave the country “can do so”, despite the fact that international troops are about to complete withdrawal from the country while many Afghan collaborators remain there.
“You cannot look the other way and Spain is in that group of countries” that has assumed this obligation, Robles assured in an interview on Onda Cero, collected by Europa Press.
Thus, he has indicated that ‘Impossible to know’ the credibility of the Taliban, who have announced that they will allow all citizens who wish to leave the country, but that both the United States and NATO and international organizations have to “compromise” with these Afghans.
Robles has announced that next Thursday, at the European Union Defense Ministers’ meeting, to be held in Slovenia, he will raise this “demand with the Afghan people” and in particular with “women and girls.”