EU Ministers Hold Emergency Talks to Weigh Afghan Security, Migrant Challenges

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EU Ministers Hold Emergency Talks to Weigh Afghan Security, Migrant Challenges

European Union foreign ministers are holding emergency talks on Tuesday to weigh the security implications of the Taliban takeover of Afghanistan amid concern that widespread fear of hardline Islamist rule will provoke an exodus of people from the conflict-ravaged country. Afghans are among the biggest group of nationalities seeking sanctuary in Europe, after Syrians. According to some EU estimates, around 570,000 Afghans have applied for asylum in Europe since 2015.

French President Emmanuel Macron said Monday that France, Germany and other European partners would work swiftly on a robust response to any new influx of unauthorized migrants from Afghanistan.

He said the organized and just international effort would be marked by an effort of solidarity, the harmonization of protection criteria and cooperation with transit countries that Afghan migrants might move through. Turkey, with whom the EU already has a migrant outsourcing deal, is one such country.

Europe cannot alone assume the consequences, Macron said.

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