Passengers depart to board on a Pakistan Worldwide Airways airplane on the airport in Kabul, Afghanistan, on September 13, 2021. (AFP/File)

MADRID: Madrid stated Monday it was anticipating the arrival of its Afghan workers, whose evacuation it had organized through Pakistan.

Ministers “will greet the primary flight with Afghan refugees arriving from Islamabad on Monday at 9:00 pm (1900 GMT) on the Torrejon de Ardoz airbase” close to Madrid.

Spanish media, together with each day El País and Nationwide Radio, reported that Madrid would carry near 250 Afghan residents, who entered Pakistan prematurely and could be flown out on army transport planes.

It was not clear when the second flight is anticipated.

Spain’s evacuations have been weeks within the making, with International Minister Jose Manuel Albares visiting Pakistan and Qatar in early September to put the groundwork.

Madrid evacuated over 2,000 individuals, most of them Afghans who had labored for Spain and their households, in the course of the western withdrawal because the Taliban seized energy in Kabul in August.

However the flights needed to cease as soon as the ultimate American troops that had been defending the Afghan capital’s airport left.

Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez stated in August that Spain wouldn’t “lose curiosity within the Afghans who had remained” of their nation however wished to depart.

The European Union’s high diplomat, Josep Borrell, on Friday urged the bloc’s member states to host a “minimal” of between 10,000 and 20,000 extra Afghan refugees.

“To welcome them, we now have to evacuate them, and we’re getting right down to it, nevertheless it’s not straightforward,” he stated in Madrid.

The EU has stated a requirement by the UN Excessive Commissioner for Refugees to soak up 42,500 Afghan refugees over 5 years could be achieved — though any choice lies with member states.

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