On Monday, French President Emmanuel Macron announced that his country and Britain would urge the United Nations to establish a “safe zone” in the Afghan capital, Kabul, to protect humanitarian operations.
“This is very important. It will provide a framework for the United Nations to act on emergencies,” Macron said in a statement issued by the French newspaper Le Journal du Dimanche. According to Macron, this safe zone will allow the evacuation of people who want to leave Afghanistan.
He pointed out that such a safe area would, above all, allow the international community to “continue to put pressure on the Taliban, who are now in power in Afghanistan.”
Elements of the Taliban near Kabul airport, Saturday
UN Meet the five permanent members of the Security Council (France, Britain, the United States, Russia and China) on Monday to discuss the situation in Afghanistan.
Macron said Paris and London would take the opportunity to present a draft resolution defining a “safe zone” under UN control that would allow humanitarian operations to continue in Afghanistan.
Macron’s statements come at a time when international efforts to convert foreigners and internationals seeking to leave Afghanistan are coming to an end.
France ended its exits on Friday, while the United Kingdom ended its efforts on Saturday.
In response, U.S. forces are operating under dangerous and chaotic conditions to complete massive evacuations from Kabul airport by the August 31 deadline.
Macron announced during a regional conference in Baghdad on Saturday that he would begin “talks” with the Taliban with the aim of “protecting” Afghanistan from danger and “expelling” them after August 31.
He explained to reporters in Iraq that the evacuations were being made in collaboration with Qatar, which could “organize air traffic operations” in the context of talks with the Taliban.
A total of 2,384 people, including 142 French and 17 Europeans and more than 2,600 endangered Afghans, were evacuated from Afghanistan two days after the Taliban seized power in Kabul, France.
From French-led evacuations at Kabul airport
The evacuations were carried out by “15 planes” via the United Arab Emirates, Macron said, from Baghdad on Saturday, the day after the completion of air traffic established by Paris.
Macron told the French newspaper on Saturday that he thought some of the evacuations would be completed in the future, but “they will not take place at the military airport in Kabul” but from other civilian airports in Afghanistan or neighboring countries.
On the other hand, the French president criticized the controversy in his country for raising “fears” about the arrival of Afghan refugees in France.
He said, “Our role is not to create fear among citizens, but to provide them with solutions,” emphasizing that it aims to manage immigration pressures, “humanity, stability and the ability to defend our borders as needed.”
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