30 Aug 2021, 13.30
The Joint Committee on Foreign Affairs and Defence will meet tomorrow, Tuesday, 31 August, with the Minister for Foreign Affairs and Defence Simon Coveney TD, to discuss the appointment of Special Envoys and the situation in Afghanistan.
The meeting will take place in Leinster House, Committee Room 2 at 5pm.
Speaking before the meeting Committee Cathaoirleach Charlie Flanagan TD said: “The recent decision by Government to appoint a Special Envoy for Freedom of Expression generated considerable public concern and controversy.
“The Committee shares this concern and welcomes this engagement with the Minister to discuss such roles, including the thinking behind the appointment of envoys, the qualifications, experience and skills required, and the processes and procedures involved.
Deputy Flanagan added: “The meeting also provides a timely opportunity for the Committee to get an update from the Minister on the unfolding situation in Afghanistan including details on Ireland’s recent emergency evacuation operation and the current assistance being provided to Irish citizens and residents still in Afghanistan”
The Joint Committee on Foreign Affairs and Defence has 14 Members, nine from the Dáil and five from the Seanad.
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