With the Taliban takeover of power in Afghanistan, Slovenian Prime Minister Janez Janša and his Croatian counterpart Andrej Plenković discussed the situation in the Middle East, migration, and measures to protect the European Union’s external borders.
Slovenian Prime Minister Janez Janša wrote on Twitter that he and his Croatian counterpart Andrej Plenković had discussed measures that should be adopted in order to protect the EU’s external borders from an intensified wave of illegal migration, as well as the need for rapid enlargement of the Schengen area.
Due to the situation in Afghanistan, a migrant tsunami is to be expected, and compared to this one, the migrant crisis of 2015 will seem more like a tiny sea wave.
Croatian Prime Minister Plenković pointed out that he and Janša also discussed further steps regarding Croatia’s entry into the Schengen area in 2022 and the euro area in 2023.
The situation in Afghanistan and the Taliban taking over the power will also be discussed by the foreign ministers of the EU on Tuesday, the 17th of August 2021, Slovenian Press Agency reports. A video conference of the EU Political and Security Committee regarding this topic was also planned for Tuesday. However, concrete solutions are not to be expected, as is usually the case with the EU.
Slovenia among the signatories of the international call
Meanwhile, Slovenia is among the countries which signed the joint call of the international community to the Taliban for a safe departure of everyone who wishes to leave. The statement was published by the Office of the High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Josep Borello. The document was created by Americans. According to the Slovenian Press Agency, the document was signed by “The United States, joined by members of the EU, as well as other countries, from Australia to Sierra Leone and Uganda.”
Among other things, the document also reads: “The Afghan people deserve to live in safety, security and dignity. We in the international community stand ready to assist them.”
You can read the statement in its entirety HERE.