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European Commission calls for overhaul of asylum rules

North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (NATO) members along with European Union and the United Nations had confirmed that they will not recognize any government in Afghanistan imposed through armed forces…reports Asian Lite News.

In the wake of the crisis in Afghanistan and the actions of Belarus, the European Commission has stressed the need for a fast overhaul of the European Union’s migration and asylum rules.

EU Commissioner Margaritis Schinas said in a tweet, citing his comments in Italian paper La Stampa: “If there is one thing that the situation in Afghanistan and the actions of Belarus have shown, it is that the clock has run out on how long we can wait to adopt the complete overhaul of Europe’s migration and asylum rules we need.”

According to media report, many European member states are nervous that developments in Afghanistan could trigger a replay of Europe’s 2015/16 migration crisis when the chaotic arrival of more than a million people from the Middle East stretched security and welfare systems and fuelled support for far-right groups.

Earlier, North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (NATO) members along with European Union and the United Nations had confirmed that they will not recognize any government in Afghanistan imposed through armed forces.

Meanwhile, Switzerland has started evacuation of its diplomatic personnel from Afghanistan, spokesperson of the Swiss Federal Department of Foreign Affairs (FDFA), Elisa Raggi, told Sputnik.

The west wing of the Federal Palace of Switzerland, seen from south (Berne, Switzerland).

Raggi told Sputnik that the Swiss Cooperation Office in Kabul has been temporarily closed amid the deteriorating security situation in the Afghan capital.

“Preparatory evacuation work is underway for the safety of Swiss and local staff,” the FDFA spokesperson said.

Earlier on Sunday, German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas said that his country had already started evacuating some of the employees of its embassy in the Afghan capital. US media reported on Sunday that the United States completed the evacuation of employees of its embassy in Afghanistan and that diplomats were taken to the Kabul airport on Sunday. (ANI/Sputnik)

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