Briefing 
 

MEPs to discuss situation in Afghanistan 

In light of the withdrawal of US troops from Afghanistan, MEPs will discuss the situation in the country with EU Foreign Policy Chief Josep Borrell.

In the debate on Tuesday afternoon, MEPs are expected to express their concern about the consequences of US troop withdrawal from Afghanistan. In particular, they point to a deteriorating security situation in the country resulting in increasing violence, especially against women, journalists and human rights defenders. A viable EU strategy, future pledges of financial assistance and the prospects for peace are also likely to be raised.


Background


After striking a peace deal with the Taliban, the US announced that it would withdraw its military forces from Afghanistan by 11 September. Other nations will follow this decision. The EU’s main concern is how to preserve the results made on the ground in the last two decades, including improved women, children and minority rights, and civil society engagement.

Peace talks between officials from the Afghan state and the Taliban started in September 2020 in Doha, Qatar, but have essentially stalled to a stalemate.


Statement by the Vice-President of the Commission/High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy (with resolution)

Debate: Tuesday, 8 June

Vote: Thursday, 10 June