This Monday, the Taliban took for granted the return of the European Union’s diplomatic presence in Afghanistan to keep their embassy secure, even though the EU did not confirm this point.
“The resumption of the EU mission in Afghanistan is a positive step that we welcome,” said Abdul Qahar Balji, spokesman for the Afghan Foreign Ministry, in a message on social media.
“Just as the security of other embassies in Kabul is guaranteed, so is that of the EU and its staff,” he added, imputing the return of European diplomats to Kabul.
For its part, the EU has not yet confirmed this point and has ensured that talks with the insurgents about the return of European diplomats continue. The European bloc justifies the contacts with the need for a minimum presence in Kabul, which will facilitate new evacuations and guarantee humanitarian supplies to the country, but stresses that this in no way implies recognition of the Taliban government.
For weeks, the European bloc has been negotiating with the new Afghan authorities through its special envoy for Afghanistan, Tomas Niklasson, as part of the Doha delegation. This mission, with around five or six members, is intended to serve as a link to facilitate the EU’s negotiations with the new Afghan authorities and to coordinate support for neighboring countries to prevent the crisis from spreading to the region.
In conclusions from last September, the 27 recognized the importance of the EU regaining its presence in Kabul if minimum security conditions are respected. “A minimum EU presence on the ground due to the security situation would facilitate the provision of humanitarian aid to the large number of internally displaced persons and monitor the humanitarian situation,” says the text agreed by the EU countries.