Croatia has offered the European External Action Service the reception of Afghan personnel of the European Union, said Croatian Minister of Foreign and European Affairs Gordan Grlić Radman, commenting on last night’s meeting of EU foreign ministers. Croatia will issue visas to twenty people who have been supporting the Croatian military.
“EU member states, including Croatia, have expressed readiness to provide humanitarian protection for workers employed by the EU delegation in Afghanistan.
Croatia has responded to a call by the European External Action Service (EEAS) to accept EU staff, as the Taliban threatens their lives and security if they remain in Afghanistan.
It is about issuing visas for 20 people, which was a support to our forces; it is our duty and moral obligation to protect them.
The mentioned persons passed the necessary security checks, as well as competitions for work in institutions,” the Minister told the media.
“We reviewed the dramatic developments in that country. We called for a lasting political solution, and I personally stressed the importance of protecting human rights, primarily of women and girls, as well as the safety of all EU citizens, local staff employed by the EU delegation at various businesses, so as not to be the target of retaliation by the Taliban “, said Grlić Radman.
The Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs also confirmed that all 26 Croatian citizens were evacuated from Afghanistan. “It is the result of several days of efforts by Croatian institutions: Deputy Prime Minister for National Security Tomo Medved, SOA Director Daniel Markic and VSOA Ivica Kinder, led by the Croatian Foreign Service, which coordinated these efforts. They include intensive monitoring of the situation on the field, coordination and cooperation with partner countries and maintaining constant contact with Croatian citizens,” the statement said.
As in the case of the repatriation of Croatian citizens at the very beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, in this situation, the diplomatic and consular missions of the Republic of Croatia, together with the MVEP Consular Affairs Directorate, successfully ensured the return of all Croatian citizens to their homes.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs uses the opportunity to thank the American, British, German and Ukrainian authorities, who helped in the repatriation of Croatian citizens.