ATHENS, Greece (AP) – Seven female lawmakers from Afghanistan have arrived in Greece as part of a wider evacuation effort and are expected to travel to the United States after a short stay, officials said on Wednesday.
Afghanistan’s two-chamber parliament was effectively dissolved after the Taliban took over the country last month. The future of the National Assembly and whether women will be allowed to hold any positions of authority remains uncertain.
“The MPs and their family members will be hosted in Greece for a short time until the process of their transfer and settlement to the US is completed,” the Greek Foreign Ministry said.
It said Greece is “committed to hosting a symbolic number of Afghan citizens advocating the values of freedom of expression and equality.”
The government has taken a tough stance on immigration, saying it is determined to prevent large numbers of Afghans from reaching the EU member states despite the crisis.
Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis said over the weekend that a new extension of a border wall would be built on the border with Turkey if necessary.
The foreign ministry said Afghan lawmakers traveled to Greece via Georgia and were assisted by a US-based non-profit organisation.