Oct 26, 2021, 4:03 PM
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'EU lately notices its diplomatic duty in Afghanistan'

London, IRNA - Member states of the European Union have just now noticed that they are responsible for destructive aftermath of war in Afghanistan and they should shoulder their diplomatic and economic duties in the war-torn country, a European academic says.

According to reports, the bloc plans to reopen its diplomatic mission in Afghanistan within a month, because it is seeking to deepen restricted interaction with the Taliban.

The Financial Times reported on Monday that the European External Action Service (EEAS) intends to reopen its diplomatic representation in capital Kabul, writing, "EU diplomats will return to Kabul about 12 weeks after they fled the city, as Brussels seeks to coordinate aid efforts and the continued evacuation of Afghan citizens."

Heinz Gärtner, lecturer in the Department of Political Science at the University of Vienna and at Danube University, told IRNA on Tuesday that many EU member-states have been also members of NATO; then, they are responsible for the repercussions of war in Afghanistan.

A total of 20 years of military intervention in Afghanistan did not bring about a proper and pleasant result, he said, adding that Europe has noticed too late that it has a diplomatic and economic duty in Afghanistan, while countries such as Qatar and Russia have already embarked on creating such relations.

Gärtner went on to say that according to the United Nations World Food Program (WFP) 50 percent of Afghan people will face severe malnutrition in the coming winter and that 98 percent of the nation are on the brink of poverty, which is a result of the 20-year invasion.

Pointing to one billion Euros offered by the European Union to assist Afghan people, he urged the Europeans to deliver the aid package via international and non-governmental organizations as soon as possible.

Interaction with Taliban should include issues such as human rights, respecting rights of women, children, and ethnic minorities, he said, noting that reopening of EU office in Kabul cannot be translated into recognition of Taliban, because Europeans are very cautious when it comes to Taliban's behavior toward women and girls.

The member of the Advisory Board of the International Institute for Peace in Vienna added that the EU should cooperate with Afghanistan's neighboring states to prevent insecurity in the region, as well as exacerbation of drug trafficking.

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