Sánchez and Biden agree to use two Spanish bases to temporarily house Afghans who have collaborated with the United States.
Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez and United States President Joe Biden have agreed to use two Spanish bases to temporarily house Afghans who have collaborated with Washington, according to informed La Moncloa.
In the phone conversation they had this Saturday, described by Sánchez as “successful”, the two leaders addressed the issue of the crisis in Afghanistan and agreed to work together to evacuate Afghan citizens after the Taliban seized power on August 15.
For this purpose, the Rota naval base, located in the Spanish province of Cadiz, and the Morón air base, in the province of Seville, will temporarily serve as reception points for Afghans evacuated from Afghanistan.
I just had a fruitful conversation with President Joe Biden, @POTUS, in which we discussed various issues of common interest, including the situation in Afghanistan and the collaboration between the two governments in the evacuation of citizens from that country. pic.twitter.com/wZ3ChcJzK0
– Pedro Sánchez (@sanchezcastejon) August 21, 2021
Previously, Spain OK set up a “place of first entry” for evacuated Afghans who collaborated with the EU on the Torrejón de Ardoz air base, in Madrid, where they can stay until 72 hours before being transferred to their destination in Spain and other EU countries.
It is reported that a Spanish plane carrying 110 Afghans, among them 64 people who collaborated with the United States, has already landed at the Torrejón air base.
It is expected that this Sunday two more planes with 177 Afghans on board Earth at the Madrid base, which was visited this Saturday by Sánchez and other senior European officials to inspect reception facilities and the care establishment.
* The Taliban movement, designated as a “terrorist organization” by the UN Security Council, is declared a terrorist group and banned in Russia.
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