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Croatia accepts 20 Afghan refugees who worked for the EU

Croatia has offered the European External Action Service the reception of European Union Afghan personnel, said Croatian Foreign and European Affairs Minister Gordan Grlic Radman, commenting on last night’s meeting of EU foreign ministers. Croatia will issue visas to 20 people who have supported the Croatian army.

“EU member states, including Croatia, have expressed their readiness to provide humanitarian protection to workers employed by the EU Delegation to Afghanistan.

Croatia has responded to the European External Action Service (EEAS) call to admit EU staff, as the Taliban threaten their lives and safety if they stay in Afghanistan.

It is about issuing visas for 20 people, which was a support for our forces; it is our moral duty and obligation to protect them.

“The mentioned persons passed the necessary security checks, as well as vacancies for work in institutions,” the minister told the media.

“We looked at the dramatic developments in that country. We called for a lasting political solution, and I personally stressed the importance of protecting the rights of human beings, mainly women and girls, as well as the safety of all EU citizens, the local staff employed by the EU delegation – “in various businesses, so as not to be the target of revenge by the Taliban,” said Grlić Radman.

The Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs also confirmed that all 26 Croatian nationals had been 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, who coordinated these efforts. “They include intensive monitoring of the situation on the ground, coordination and co-operation 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 beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, in this situation, the diplomatic and consular missions of the Republic of Croatia, together with the Directorate of Consular Affairs of the MVEP, successfully secured the return of all Croatian citizens to their homes.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs uses the occasion to thank the American, British, German and Ukrainian authorities, who assisted in the repatriation of Croatian citizens.

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