The Ministries of Defense and Foreign Affairs have launched a joint operation to bring to Spain in the next few hours the people who collaborated with the Spanish Army in its mission in Afghanistan and who could not be repatriated in the operation carried out in Kabul during last August.
As EL ESPAÑOL reported this Saturday, the Foreign Ministry headed by José Manuel Albares plans to repatriate said Afghan collaborators, after having traveled to Islamabad to negotiate an outbound overland route with the joint work of Margaret Robles, in defence.
The minister, in a press conference on the occasion of her visit this Sunday to the Canary island of La Palma, stressed that Spain is “a very supportive, serious and committed country with the people who worked with us”, while it has indicated that it cannot provide more details of the operation for security reasons.
Robles recalled that a “very important” evacuation of some 2,000 people had already been carried out in an “exceptional” effort by the Armed Forces and the Air Force so that those who collaborated in their performance in Afghanistan could reach Spain. Not everyone was able to do so at the time due to the dramatic situation at the Kabul airport, Robles recalled.
The Defense Minister insisted that Spain “is a great country and leaves no one” behind, it is a “humane and generous” country and therefore has undertaken this mission of which, she reiterated, she cannot provide more data but that he will continue to bring “our collaborators” to the country on Afghan soil.
The Taliban have been scouring cities adjacent to Afghanistan for weeks to find those who collaborated with international powers in the country. As EL ESPAÑOL tells this Sunday, his intention is none other than that of murder them, as they have already done with some of them.
Since the homeland flights in Kabul ended on August 27, the Defense and Foreign Ministries have worked to open new escape routes for these ‘Spanish’ Afghans. The first success of the Spanish Government has been the route that Albares negotiated in Islamabad.
In less than a month, Spanish diplomatic work has spread throughout the world and the Foreign Minister traveled to Pakistan and Qatar to meet at the highest level with his counterparts, with the Pakistani prime minister, Imran Khan, and with the Qatari emir, Tamim bin Hamad al Zani.