Afghanistan: Emmanuel Macron will plead for a “safe zone” in Kabul

France and the United Kingdom will plead Monday at the UN for the creation in Kabul of a “safe zone”, that is to say a protected zone which will allow the continuation of humanitarian operations on the spot. While the five permanent members of the Security Council are due to meet on Monday on the subject of the Afghan crisis, London and Paris are drawing up a “draft resolution” which “aims to define, under UN control, a safe zone in Kabul which will allow us to continue. humanitarian operations, ”Emmanuel Macron told the Sunday Newspaper.

” Its very important. This would provide a framework for the United Nations to act in an emergency, and it will above all make it possible to put everyone before their responsibilities and the international community to maintain pressure on the Taliban, ”he added.

Currently traveling in Iraq, with whom he is co-organizer of a summit of the countries of the region (Iran, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Turkey, Jordan …), Emmanuel Macron is going to Iraqi Kurdistan this Sunday, where he will pay tribute to the heroes peshmerga which made it possible to defeat Daesh. He must speak from Iraq this Sunday evening at 8 p.m. on TF1. The head of state will discuss “the situation in Afghanistan and in the region”, announces the channel.

Begun two weeks ago with the capture of Kabul, operations to evacuate Afghans fleeing the Taliban regime are coming to an end at the airport, as the August 31 deadline for the withdrawal of American troops approaches. . France ceased operations on Friday evening, and the United Kingdom on Saturday.

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But Emmnanuel Macron announced on Saturday that discussions had been “started with the Taliban” to “protect and repatriate Afghans and Afghans” in a situation of risk beyond August 31. France is counting on the help of Qatar which, thanks to its good relations with the Taliban, “has the possibility of arranging airlift operations or reopening of certain airlines”, specified Mr. Macron from Baghdad.

At the JDD, Mr. Macron said he imagined targeted evacuations “which will not be carried out through the military airport in Kabul”. “We will see if this can be done through the capital’s civilian airport or through neighboring countries,” he said.

The Head of State also castigated “a certain form of clientelist discourse that stirs fears” about the arrival of Afghan refugees in France. “My role is not to stir up fears among our compatriots, it is to provide solutions to resolve them”, he added, assuring that he wants to “manage this migratory pressure with humanity, firmness, with a ability to protect our borders as necessary, with solidarity between Europeans and an adapted policy with the countries of the region ”.

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