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Committee On Foreign Affairs & Defence Convenes Today To Discuss Afghanistan & Special Envoys.

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Minister, Simon Coveney, will attend.

Joint Committee on Foreign Affairs and Defence convenes today to discuss he appointment of Special Envoys and situation in Afghanistan.

Two Kildare TDs, former Deputy Commander of the Army Ranger Wing, Cathal Berry, and Fianna Fáil's James Lawless, are members of the committe.

The meeting, which will be attended by Foreign Affairs Minister, Simon Coveney, takes place at 5pm.

He will face questions on his appointment of Katherine Zappone as UN Special Envoy.

Kildare North TD, James Lawless, has been speaking to Kildare Today on the series of matters on which he wants clarity:

Committee member, TD Gary Gannon, says the minister has questions to answer over her appointment:

Committee Cathaoirleach Charlie Flanagan TD says  “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”

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