French President Emmanuel Macron has announced that his country and Britain will press the United Nations on Monday 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 in an emergency,” Macron told the Le Journal du Dimanche.
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.”
Five permanent members of the UN Security Council – France, Britain, the United States, Russia and China – meet on Monday to discuss the situation in Afghanistan.
Macron said Paris and London would take the opportunity to present a draft resolution aimed at defining a ‘safe zone’ under UN control that would allow humanitarian action to continue.
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 completed its exits on Friday, while the United Kingdom completed its efforts on Saturday.
In response, U.S. forces are operating under dangerous conditions to complete massive evacuations from Kabul airport by the August 31 deadline.
France evacuated 2,384 people from Afghanistan, including 142 French and 17 Europeans, on August 17, and more than 2,600 Afghans, two days after the Taliban captured Kabul, Macron announced Saturday.
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