Klaus Iohannis spoke on the phone with NATO Secretary-General: Afghanistan must not become a haven for terrorists

President Klaus Iohannis had a telephone conversation with NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg. Photo: INQUAM Photos / George Călin

President Klaus Iohannis spoke on Friday by telephone with NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg about the “critical” situation in Afghanistan and assured him that Romania is supportive and ready to help allies in this crisis.

“I had a productive conversation with Jens Stoltenberg. Romania remains concerned about the critical situation in Afghanistan and is ready to contribute to NATO’s efforts to resolve this crisis. Allied solidarity is essential. Afghanistan must not become a haven for terrorists, “President Klaus Iohannis wrote on Twitter on Friday night.

For his part, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg announced on Twitter that he had talks with President Klaus Iohannis, Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte and Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez about developments in Afghanistan. “Allies will continue to bring people into a safe environment and we remain determined and united in the face of international terrorism,” the NATO secretary general assured.

A few days ago, the NATO Secretary General stated that it is “essential” that the airport in Kabul remain open after August 31, 2021, in order to continue the evacuation of people from the country and after the end of the American withdrawal from Afghanistan. He also promised an analysis to determine what “went wrong” in the 20-year mission.

NATO Secretary-General’s talks with the three European leaders come as EU defense ministers discussed the creation of a European rapid reaction force, after the US withdrawal from Afghanistan highlighted the military shortcomings of the old continent. The Netherlands supports such an idea.

On the other hand, Spain temporarily hosts up to 4,000 Afghans who worked for the United States at two military bases used by the US military in the south of the country.

In Romania, the Supreme Council of National Defense analyzed the situation in Afghanistan and concluded that the regime change in Afghanistan may have consequences for Romania in terms of security “due to the dangers of extremism, terrorism, the export of instability in the region, trafficking of drugs and weapons, illegal migration, which must be countered ”. CSAT decided that Romania should continue the repatriation efforts of Afghan citizens who collaborated with our country, as well as students who have scholarships in Romania or citizens who are part of vulnerable categories, such as journalists, human rights activists, magistrates. The CSAT meeting also discussed possible preparations for a new wave of migrants.

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