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Greece among countries demanding safe passage out of Afghanistan

Greece joined 65 other countries in asking that Afghans and international citizens who wish to depart must be allowed to do so. The joint statement in fact asks the Taliban to allow these citizens leave the country.

State broadcaster ERT reported on Sunday that the Greek Foreign Ministry was seeking to secure the safe passage for two Afghan interpreters and their families. The translators had work for a Greek unit.

It is the diplomatic representation in Karachi, Pakistan, dealing with the issue, even though there are reportedly communication problems with Afghanistan.

The translators and their families are to come to Greece, sources of the Foreign Ministry said.

Here’s the Joint Statement on Afghanistan by 66 countries:

Given the deteriorating security situation, we support, are working to secure, and call on all parties to respect and facilitate, the safe and orderly departure of foreign nationals and Afghans who wish to leave the country. Those in positions of power and authority across Afghanistan bear responsibility – and accountability – for the protection of human life and property, and for the immediate restoration of security and civil order.

Afghans and international citizens who wish to depart must be allowed to do so; roads, airports and border crossing must remain open, and calm must be maintained.

The Afghan people deserve to live in safety, security and dignity. We in the international community stand ready to assist them.

Signatories, so far, are: Australia, Austria, Bahamas, Belgium, Burkina Faso, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Côte d’Ivoire, Czech Republic, Denmark, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Estonia, The High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, Federated States of Micronesia, Fiji, Finland, France, Georgia, Germany, Ghana, Greece, Guatemala, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Latvia, Liberia, Lichtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta , Marshall Islands, Mauritania, Nauru, Netherlands, New Zealand, Niger, Norway, Palau, Panama, Paraguay, Poland, Portugal, Qatar, Republic of Korea, Republic of Cyprus, Romania, Sierra Leone, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Suriname, Sweden, Togo, Tonga, Uganda, Ukraine, United Kingdom, United States, and Yemen. ( via US State Department)

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  1. Just an hour ago the Greek Migration minister said “Greece cannot be a gateway for a new refugees wave” and now the government announced that “Afghans and international citizens who wish to depart must be allowed to do so”. That means that those Afghans can LEAVE their country but they are NOT WELCOME in Greece…. Who has still confidence in these politicians? Only idiots who haven’t learned anything from the past 50 years!

  2. Biden said that he will not commit American lives to a force that is not willing to defend itself. Historically, I can think of no nation greater than Greece’s determination to defend itself.

    There are endless instances where Greece was highly praised by everyone from its adversaries to its allies, a pillar of defending a democracy it founded. Greece is also a Christian country that founded western ideals.

    Where is America’s support for Greece /Cyprus after, even more decades than Afghanistan?!

    We saw what happened to the Kurds in Syria who were plenty brave.

    Even America’s military is not pleased with its leadership, right down to some illiterate and unethical orange clown pardoning war criminals and inciting insurrection. Laughable and truly unimaginable.

    This is not a change for the better, China and Russia are now increasingly eating America’s pie and even nations like Turkey threaten with Turkish slaps as they assault protesters, etc. Inaction with the hope that the regime somehow changes in Turkey is laughable, talk is cheap over the last 5 decades too.

    “Either you are with us, or you are against us” was even once coined. Greece has taught a west that should perhaps reciprocate by defend this declinling population of around 10 million peace loving and kindred souls from unlawful piracy and armed conflict than just hanging around its harbors for self interest

    The illegal invasion and occupation of Cyprus must be addressed moire than with just words, otherwise, it is as though crime pays to embolden unlawfulness. Combined with cowardice, these traits should be no ally of Greece for all Greece has contributed.

    The west just might set a well long overdue precedent by reclaiming the unlawful occupation of Cyprus, or there will no more global policing in this increasing free for all like Kabul today.