Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki said on Sunday that the Warsaw government will also issue humanitarian visas to 45 Afghans and their families who have worked with Poland and the European Union representative in Kabul.
“We are fulfilling our obligations to our allies,” the Polish prime minister wrote on Twitter announcing his decision to grant visas on humanitarian grounds.
On the Day of the Polish Army, do not forget about the allies, especially those who need it most. I made the decision to issue humanitarian visas to 45 people who cooperated with Poland and the EU delegation in Kabul and their family members. We maintain our ally’s commitments.
– Mateusz Morawiecki (@MorawieckiM) August 15, 2021
Poland withdrew its military mission in Afghanistan in late June, when Mateusz Morawiecki promised that his government would support the local population who had cooperated with the Polish contingent. The Polish embassy in Kabul was closed in 2014.
Some Polish opposition politicians on Sunday urged the government to help Afghans who previously cooperated with the Polish embassy in Kabul, the Polish mission in Afghanistan.
Deputy Foreign Minister Paul Jablonsky told the parliamentary news agency that his portfolio is already taking steps in this direction.
The Taliban launched a general offensive against Afghan government forces in early May with the final withdrawal of US and international forces, and the country’s regional headquarters were rapidly overrun over the past week. He said the Taliban also infiltrated Kabul on Sunday Occupy Presidential Palace.
(Cover photo: Taliban fighters at Kabul airport on August 16, 2021. Photo: Reuters)